Australia and Nuclear Arms Control as 'Good International Citizenship'

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Marianne Hanson

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Working paper

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IR Working Paper 1999/2 (PDF, 2.20MB)

Marianne Hanson, 'Australia and Nuclear Arms Control as "Good International Citizenship"', IR Working Paper 1999/2, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, February 1999.

Good International Citizenship, as applied to Australian foreign policy from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, incorporated elements of pragmatism as well as idealism, but also required active leadership in the international system. This paper explores this concept and argues that arms control and disarmament initiatives, particularly the Canberra Commission, represented the most effective application of the concept of Good International Citizenship.

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