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National interests and altruim in Australian foreign policy towards Africa

Makinda, S.M. (2013) National interests and altruim in Australian foreign policy towards Africa. In: Mickler, D. and Lyons, T., (eds.) New Engagement: Contemporary Australian Foreign Policy Towards Africa. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 34-50.

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Australia’s relations with Africa have tended to develop on a largely ad hoc basis, often as a consequence of policies on other issues, such as human rights, the Commonwealth and, especially, apartheid. However, it would be wrong for Australia to ignore Africa, or to allow our relations to drift without substance. African nations are able to exert considerable influence internationally; in the United Nations and its various agencies, and in the Commonwealth, the African group is the largest and the Africans have shown cohesiveness and discipline on issues important to them.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
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