foreign policy

Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious approach to exercising the politico-military capabilities of the world’s sole superpower. For little more than that promise, it seems, Obama would be awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. Fast-forward to the end of the Obama era and the global security environment is more volatile than it has been in decades: Russian influence is surging in the Middle East and Europe, wars ravage civilian populations in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, waves of migrants are straining EU unity, while the jihadist threat has metastasised. It’s a legacy, fairly or otherwise, that may come to be defined by three quotes.

The Pivot, Past And Future

Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative is in (largely homegrown) trouble.

A global role smashed by US voters

Now we know. For 20 years Australians have been happy to assume that America had the strength and resolve to remain the world's leading power. In particular, our leaders have assured us that we can rely on America's power and judgment to manage China's rise, to keep Asia stable and Australia safe. But now we know that America is not the country we thought it was.

Australian Aid after the ‘Golden Consensus’: From Aid Policy to Development Policy?

Benjamin Day, ‘Australian Aid after the ‘Golden Consensus’: From Aid Policy to Development Policy?’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70(6) 2016: 641-56.

Who drafts the foreign policy white paper?

Australia’s first foreign policy white paper in 13 years is on its way, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said last month, adding meat to an election promise to deliver a “contemporary and comprehensive foreign policy strategy within 12 months of the election”.

Lost at Sea: Australia in the Turbulence of World Politics

Christian Reus-Smit, ‘Lost at Sea: Australia in the Turbulence of World Politics’, IR Working Paper 2002/04, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pac

Creating "Good International Citizens": Middle Powers and Domestic Political Institutions

Jeremy Youde and Tracy Hoffmann Slagter, ‘Creating “Good International Citizens”: Middle Powers and Domestic Political Institutions’, Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Selling the State: State Branding as a Political Resource in South Africa

Jeremy Youde, ‘Selling the State: State Branding as a Political Resource in South Africa’, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 5(2) 2009: 126‒40.

Why Look East? Zimbabwean Foreign Policy and China

Jeremy Youde, ‘Why Look East? Zimbabwean Foreign Policy and China’, Africa Today, 53(3) 2007: 3‒19.

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