Pacific Power? Australia's strategy in the Pacific Islands

Joanne Wallis

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    Abstract

    Australia is much larger and has significantly more military and economic power than its Pacific Island neighbours. As a result, it is frequently described as having a natural right to lead in the region. Yet, Australia has found it difficult to effectively influence Pacific Island states in pursuit of its strategic interests. It provides the definitive account of how, and how effectively, Australia has sought to influence Pacific Island states in pursuit of its strategic interests since 1975, the year that Papua New Guinea, Australia's former colonial territory, gained independence. Informed by interviews with key decision makers, Pacific Power? analyses why Australia has had difficulty exercising influence in the Pacific Islands and identifies how Australia can more effectively influence Pacific Island states in pursuit of its strategic interests, and how Australia can present itself more as a Pacific partner than power.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationVictoria, Australia
    PublisherMelbourne University Press (an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing)
    Edition1
    ISBN (Print)9780522868234
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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