The European Union's Relationship with the Pacific Island Countries: Emerging Opportunities Through its Partnership with New Zealand

Oke Carstensen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis discusses opportunities for the European Union to foster its relationship with the Pacific Island Countries through its partnership with New Zealand. While the relationship between the European Union and the Pacific Island Countries has various shortcomings, this thesis shows that New Zealand’s understanding and approach in the Pacific Island Countries is more effective. Even though the European Union’s comprehensive partnership with New Zealand already led to cooperation in the Pacific Island Countries, the thesis shows there are still opportunities for enhancements. This thesis concludes that the European Union can benefit in multiple ways from its partnership with New Zealand. New Zealand can contribute to identify, understand and raise awareness to areas the European Union previously lacked to address. The European Union’s agreements with the Pacific Island Countries can reach more efficiency through knowledge exchange with New Zealand. Furthermore, the country can support the European Union’s efforts through their extensive diplomatic ties and the close people links to the Pacific Island Countries.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture - Diversity and Change Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2018
Number of pages102
SupervisorsMagali Gravier