Tevita Motulalo discusses changing geopolitical partnerships in the Pacific Islands, post-COP21, and the irreparable damages of Climate Change on the Pacific.
Tevita Motulalo is a researcher at Gateway House. He specialises in geostrategy, especially as it relates to the Indo-Pacific. Motulalo is from the Kingdom of Tonga and was Editor of the Tonga Chronicle, the Kingdom of Tonga's oldest English language newspaper, and Deputy Editor of the Talaki, one of the Kingdom’s main Tongan-language newspapers. He contributes widely to the news media in Tonga (in English and in Tongan), as well as abroad. He has a Diploma in Journalism from the Tonga Institute of Higher Education and an MSc in Geopolitics and International Relations from Manipal University, India.
M.Sc in Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal Unviversity
Geostrategy, Geopolitics, International Relations, Pacific Islands
Last modified: July 12, 2017
The second Forum for India and the Pacific Islands in Jaipur on August 21 will be a historic summit that brings together the interests of India and the 14 island countries of the Pacific. It is India’s acknowledgement of the emerging strategic importance of the Pacific region, and a chance for the islands to turn this into an opportunity for growth, development, and greater security.
Policy Perspectives from Gateway House give an overview of a global issue that has implications for India’s policy-making and business community. This edition examines the geoeconomic and geostrategic imperatives for expanding India’s engagement with the South Pacific
This report analyses the significance of expanding India’s engagement with the South Pacific in the backdrop of mounting global interest in the region
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Japan’s Shinzo Abe are giving heft to a renewed partnership and a focus on the Indo-Pacific. Both nations must collaborate and work with South Pacific countries, especially Tonga, to counter China’s growing influence in this increasingly geopolitically important region
Traditionally, the South Pacific islands have been considered strategically insignificant. However, the need for resources, and the geopolitical shift towards Asia-Pacific have prompted nations to realize that these small island states control large resource-rich ocean areas and are increasingly geostrategic.
After the passing of Tonga's revered King, Tupou V, all eyes are on the new establishment for signs of change in Tonga's foreign policy. How will India, an old friend to the Pacific island-nation, fit into this increasingly important region? Can it build on traditional ties with Tonga?