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  • Published: 15 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760641542
  • Imprint: Australian Foreign Affairs
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $22.99

Our Sphere of Influence: Rivalry in the Pacific: Australian Foreign Affairs Issue 6


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Australian Foreign Affairs is published three times a year and seeks to explore – and encourage – debate on Australia’s place in the world and global outlook.

“The uncomfortable reality is that preserving an exclusive sphere of influence in the South Pacific is not going to be possible against a regional power that is far stronger than any we have ever confronted, or even contemplated.” HUGH WHITE

The sixth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines Australia’s struggle to retain influence among its Pacific island neighbours as foreign powers play a greater role and as small nations brace for the impacts of climate change.

Our Sphere of Influence explores the security challenges facing nations in the southern Pacific and whether Australia will need new approaches to secure its relations and interests.
Hugh White argues that Australia will be unable to keep China out of the Pacific and must urgently renew its defences.
Jenny Hayward-Jones examines whether Scott Morrison’s Pacific “step-up” can reverse Canberra’s declining diplomatic influence.
Katerina Teaiwa explores how Australia’s climate change policy undermines ties with its island neighbours.
Sean Dorney reports from inside the forgotten Australian colony of Papua New Guinea.
Euan Graham proposes how to address Australia’s knowledge gaps about the Chinese leadership and military.
Elizabeth Becker reflects on the unique challenges for female foreign correspondents.

PLUS Correspondence on AFA5: Are We Asian Yet? from Clive Hamilton, Barry Li and Linda Jaivin.

  • Pub date: 15 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760641542
  • Imprint: Australian Foreign Affairs
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Jonathan Pearlman

Jonathan Pearlman is the editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and is a correspondent for the Telegraph (UK) and the Straits Times (Singapore). He previously worked at the Sydney Morning Herald, covering foreign affairs and politics from Canberra and Sydney. He has worked as a correspondent in the Middle East, as well as covering various international stories, including the 2008 US election and the violence in eastern Congo. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Diplomat, Good Weekend, and the Australian Book Review, and he has been a Walkley Award finalist and United Nations Media Award winner. He was born in Sydney and studied at the University of New South Wales and Oxford University.

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