New Engagement

New Engagement : Contemporary Australian Foreign Policy Towards Africa

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Recent developments in both Africa and Australia have brought the two continents closer together. In Africa, a resources boom, greater political stability, and the creation of the new regional institutions have contributed to economic and human development, even if many challenges including conflict, poverty and exploitation remain. Australia has commercial and political interests in Africa and, if it wants to be a significant global actor, must engage with both Africa's challenges and its growing international influence. Since coming to power in 2007, Australian Labor governments have pursued 'new engagement' with Africa after decades of relative neglect. This book, the first study of its kind, explores the key contexts for and dimensions of contemporary Australian foreign policy towards Africa. It highlights a deepening of diplomatic and political relations, a trebling of the official aid budget to Africa, and over $50 billion of Australian-based investment in Africa's resources sector, and suggests measures to make such engagement sustainable and of mutual benefit. Contributions to the book come from academics, civil servants, diplomats and politicians.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 277 pages
  • 152 x 210 x 17.02mm
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Academic Monographs
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Main
  • 0522862616
  • 9780522862614

About David Mickler

David Mickler is a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and also Deputy Director of the Master of International Relations program. He primarily teaches international and regional security, and Australian foreign policy. He has written on the response of the UN and African Union to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, and on the concept of human security in recent Australian foreign policy towards Africa, and has undertaken fieldwork at the African Union in Ethiopia. His current research is on regional security governance in Africa. Tanya Lyons is the President of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific and the Editor of the Australasian Review of African Studies. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Studies at Flinders University, Adelaide, where she specialises in teaching African political history. Lyons is the author of Guns and Guerrilla Girls: Women in the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle, and co-editor of the book Africa on a Global Stage. She has also previously written on the state of African Studies in Australia, and on Australian foreign policy toward Africa.show more