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Between Jakarta and Geneva: Why Abbott needs to view Africa as a great opportunity

Makinda, S. (2015) Between Jakarta and Geneva: Why Abbott needs to view Africa as a great opportunity. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69 (1). pp. 53-68.

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Australia's engagement with Africa during the Rudd and Gillard governments was primarily driven by the national interest, which revolved around three issues: humanitarianism, support for mining corporations, and the United Nations Security Council seat. This article argues that there is a need for the Abbott government to retain the same depth and breadth of relationships with Africa. It is in the interest of both Australia and African states for the Australian government to remain committed to humanitarian objectives and to help African countries meet some of their Millennium Development Goal targets. Moreover, the continued support of Australian mining corporations operating in Africa, especially through the training of African policy makers in mining governance, is good for both Africa and Australia. Finally, Australia's continued success in multilateral diplomacy will depend on support from all parts of the world, including Africa. Australia's success at the multilateral level will, in turn, result in bilateral benefits in other regions, including the Asia-Pacific.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: © 2014 Australian Institute of International Affairs
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