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Australia as a Southern Hemisphere power

Reilly, B. (2013) Australia as a Southern Hemisphere power. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra, ACT.

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Australia’s key economic, foreign and security relations are overwhelmingly focused to our north—in Asia, North America and Europe. But our ‘soft’ power in the realms of aid, trade, science, sport and education is increasingly manifested in the Southern Hemisphere regions of Africa, South America, the Indonesian archipelago and the Southwest Pacific, as well as Antarctica. Our developmental, scientific, business and people-to-people linkages with the emerging states of sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are growing rapidly. At the same time, new forms of peacemaking have distinguished Australia’s cooperative interventions in our fragile island neighbourhood. This paper looks at these different ways Australian power is being projected across the Southern Hemisphere, particularly in relation to new links with Africa and South America. Rapid growth in our southern engagement has implications for the future, but also harks back to Australia’s past as ‘Mistress of the Southern Seas'.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
School of Management and Governance
Series Name: Strategic Insights
Publisher: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Copyright: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute
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