State Craftiness: Mapping Competition, Cooperation, and Coercion in the Pacific Islands

Australia and its partners are concerned that some tools of statecraft being deployed by partners in the Pacific Islands could, or are intended to, influence or coerce Pacific Island countries and/or people to change their behaviour or beliefs. But the utility of these tools is not well understood: does announcing a fishing project change much? Does building something? 

With this gap in knowledge in mind, starting in July 2022 our project is:

  1. Examining what categories of statecraft tools partners are deploying in the Pacific Islands.
  2. Mapping which partners are deploying what tools and where they are targeted.
  3. Considering what – if anything – particular statecraft tools achieve.
  4. Analysing what consequences – if any – our findings may have for Pacific Island countries and peoples.