foreign policy

Rising Powers and Order Contestation: Disaggregating the Normative from the Representational

Edward Newman and Benjamin Zala, ‘Rising Powers and Order Contestation: Disaggregating the Normative from the Representational’, Third World Quarterly, online, 8 November 2017.

Life after the Bangkok blast

The slaughter of innocent people in Bangkok last week was a shocking event. But its immediate political and social implications are probably limited.

Australia must be dexterous in its ties with Trump's America

Australia must deal now with an inexperienced American leadership inclined to reject expertise. Intelligence chiefs have been removed from the most important decision-making apparatus, the National Security Council, and replaced with ideologues. The potential for grave errors of judgment appears greater than in years.

Risk and imagination in the Trump era

Although the Australia-US alliance is a relationship of longstanding mutual benefit, Canberra now needs to take very seriously the possibility of its ally devising plans that are not well matched to the risks the nation now faces, Greg Raymond writes.

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”.

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