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Serial Article

DOI data
DOI 10.23791/562331

Journal Data

Full Title
Pacific Geographies
Publisher (01) Association of Pacific Studies
Country of publication Germany (DE)
ISSN 2199-9104
Product Form Online Journal (JD)
Epub Format PDF (02)

Journal Issue Data
Journal Issue Number 56
Journal Issue Date (YYYY) 2021
Serial Article Data
Title Micronexit: Regionalism in confusion
By (author) (A01) Oliver Hasenkamp
Affiliation Pazifik Netzwerk e.V. & United Nations Association of Germany
Number of Pages 9
First Page 23
Last Page 31
Language of text English (eng)
Publication Date (YYYY) 2021
Main description (01)
Pacific regionalism is in a severe crisis after the Micronesian states Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia have announced their withdrawal from the most important regional organization, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). This article discusses the reasons for the split that go beyond the mere selection of a new Secretary General of the Forum as the major trigger of the withdrawal and analyses possible consequences of the split within Oceania and beyond. It argues that characterizing “Micronexit” as a result of diverging interests between the United States and China is an oversimplification that ignores intraregional causes of the conflict. There are manifold divisions amongst PIF’s member states, which can lead to a decline of cooperation in the Pacific Islands’ region, even outside the Forum structures, e.g. at the United Nations, if no solution to the impasse can be found.