SIETAR France and SIETAR Europa Webinar “The 21st Century as the Pacific Century: Interculturalism in Great Power Competition” with Dr. Joanna SIEKIERA


15 h 00 min - 16 h 30 min

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 The 21st century is indeed the Pacific century, but not only to the inhabitants of that region. The relevance of geopolitical changes observed across the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Rim remains essential for the security architecture of other regions and the entire world. Cultural aspects, including legal culture, must not be forgotten, or omitted when analyzing this maritime region. The term “Great Power Competition” (GPC) initially described geopolitical perceptions of economic-political-military rivalry between the hegemonic United States and tactics by the People’s Republic of China. Yet, minding all the dynamics and interdependence of political and cultural factors, GPC should be seen as a strategic challenge between the Western civilization nations versus authoritarian regimes. The great powers’ ambitions towards Asia and Oceania are successful by virtue of the sea-level rise in those poor, undeveloped, and unstable states, being relatively new democracies.

The book “21st Century as the Pacific Century: Culture and Security of Oceania States in Great Power Competition” edited by Dr. Siekiera is her another effort to bring to the European readers the knowledge about the Pacific, its inhabitants, and the global powers interacting with the nations of Asia and Oceania. This book was designed to showcase the underrated role of the Pacific, while the authors of 17 chapters are specialists who possess immense depth of comprehension, uncompromising passion for their work, and contagious enthusiasm to share the knowledge about Pacific Studies.

The Ebook is available in open access at the Warsaw University Press website: Click here

Dr. Joanna Siekiera is an international lawyer, legal advisor, and Doctor of Public Policy from Poland. She works as a Subject Matter Expert for various military institutions, primarily the NATO Centers of Excellence, and as a Fellow at the United States Marine Corps Brute Krulak Center for Innovation & Future Warfare. Dr. Siekiera did her postdoctoral research on legal consequences of ocean change in Oceania at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, Norway, and Ph.D. studies on Pacific regionalism at the Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her areas of expertise are law of armed conflict (lawfare, legal culture in armed conflict, NATO legal framework) and the Indo-Pacific region, Pacific law, maritime security. She is the author of over 100 scientific publications in several languages, 40 legal opinions for the Polish Ministry of Justice, the book “Regional Policy in the South Pacific”, the editor of 7 monographs on international law, international relations, and security.