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The impotence of being earnest? Avoiding the pitfalls of 'creative middle power diplomacy'


Sussex, M, The impotence of being earnest? Avoiding the pitfalls of 'creative middle power diplomacy', Australian Journal of International Affairs, 65, (5) pp. 545-563. ISSN 1035-7718 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10357718.2011.610436


This article critically evaluates Australia's ‘creative middle power diplomacy’, encapsulated in the three pillars of the Labor government's foreign policy platform. It notes that each pillar has been accorded specific roles in the implementation of Australian foreign policy and makes particular reference to the government's preference for multilateral engagement. The article subsequently demonstrates that such an agenda actually impedes a creative approach to key issues such as trade, climate change and non-proliferation challenges, as well as Australia's participation in Asia-Pacific order-building. It then offers some suggestions for a more flexible posture that is not inconsistent with past Labor approaches, but which also better appreciates regional and global complexities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:Defence and security policy
UTAS Author:Sussex, M (Dr Matthew Sussex)
ID Code:60877
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2010-02-22
Last Modified:2012-06-07
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