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Australia Re-discovers Africa…and Then Tries to Forget It Again

  • Nikola Pijović
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Part of the Africa's Global Engagement: Perspectives from Emerging Countries book series (AGEG)

Abstract

This chapter tell two stories: one of the Australian Labor government’s broadened and deepened ‘new engagement’ with Africa between 2007 and 2013, and the other of the Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull-led conservative Australian governments’ disengagement from the continent since 2013. Pijović examines what both governments did in their engagement with Africa, detailing the specific polices that—in a matter of years—changed that engagement so substantially. While the Labor government strategically utilized its expanding aid budget and pursuit of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) membership to proactively seek a ‘new engagement’ with Africa, the conservative governments that followed Labor have exhibited little interest in maintaining that ‘new engagement’, remaining more comfortable with a reactive, ‘episodic’ and largely ad hoc engagement with Africa.

Keywords

Kevin Rudd Labor Party ‘New engagement’ Tony Abbott Julie Bishop 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikola Pijović
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  1. 1.Africa Research and Engagement CentreUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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