Agricultural Trade and Australian Foreign Policy in the 1990s

IR Working Paper 1989/2

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Stuart Harris

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IR Working Paper 1989/2

Stuart Harris, ‘Agricultural Trade and Australian Foreign Policy in the 1990s’, IR Working Paper 1989/2, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, July 1989.

The paper argues that the linkage between agricultural trade policy and foreign policy is always close for Australia, even if it is not overtly stated. This has been reflected in the foreign policy effort supporting Australia’s agricultural trade. The paper discusses seven ways in which Australia has tried to use its small but not negligible influence to improve Australia’s trade in agricultural products. They range from its active participation in the Uruguay Round, participation in the Cairns Group and the exertion of bilateral pressure.

The paper then looks at these questions as they might apply in the 1990s, and considers the impact of international developments in the Uruguay Round, Europe 1992, US policies and the emergence of regional economic blocs, including proposals for the Asia-Pacific region. It concludes that the foreign policy effort in support of agriculture will need to be maintained in the 1990s, and that agricultural trade will remain the stuff of high politics for a long time to come.

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