Asia Pacific Strategic Architecture Assessment.
PART I: Trade, Politics & Security
The South Pacific is rapidly becoming an area of economic and political importance. Spanning the waters from the equator to the Southern Ocean between the West Coast of South America and the East Coast of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the region is characterized by great travel distances, a broad range of nation-states, a maritime orientation and previously inaccessible resources. During the last thirty years technological, economic and political change has seen the region emerge as a strategic arena in its own right, with both resident and extra-regional actors now vying for influence and wealth. In this two-part assessment 36th Parallel outlines the major features of the strategic architecture underpinning this evolution.