Nov 27, 2017

White paper exposes the failure of Australia’s foreign policy

The recently released foreign policy white paper is an unusual mix of diagnostic science and conservative reluctance to name the diagnosis.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

It is unsurprising that Australia’s 2017 foreign policy white paper says little of direct substance, and is cautious about change. The world around us is rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain, and our foreign policy boffins generally don’t like unpredictability. But that’s what they have alluded to, without providing a detailed way forward.

As the white paper notes, China is a growing superpower, in our region and in the world, in both economic and strategic terms. The paper also notes that these economic and strategic interests are linked. Neither of these facts is exactly a newsflash.

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3 thoughts on “White paper exposes the failure of Australia’s foreign policy

  1. Janno

    All very sensible if unsurprising, Damien, thanks! Even those Australians who are still comfy with Uncle Sam around are feeling the winds of reality. How does the apparent decline in Asia language learning fit in with the scenario you paint?

  2. Julie Burns

    I am not comfortable with Jewelry Bishop speaking on behalf of us. I can recall her strident attacks on Julia Gillard who sought a seat on the UN council.
    Bishop is a shallow, vacuous wearer of extremely expensive clothing ( which we no doubt pay for)and pearl jewelry. Is it any wonder that she describes being Foreign Minister ‘ her dream job.’ She was a useless Treasurer and she is most deserving of the moniker ‘ Madame Asbestosis’.

  3. campidg

    I am very interested by the implications raised by the last parageaph. There seems to be an assumption by those of us living in pluralist liberal democrasies that our form of government made our nation stable and strong. If this is still true (if ever?) Then we need to do less assuming and more understanding of why this may be so.

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