The awkwardness of Australian engagement with Asia : the dilemmas of Australian idea of regionalism

He, Baogang 2011, The awkwardness of Australian engagement with Asia : the dilemmas of Australian idea of regionalism, Japanese journal of political science, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 267-285, doi: 10.1017/S1468109911000077.

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Title The awkwardness of Australian engagement with Asia : the dilemmas of Australian idea of regionalism
Author(s) He, BaogangORCID iD for He, Baogang
Journal name Japanese journal of political science
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 267
End page 285
Total pages 19
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 1468-1099
Keyword(s) Australia
Summary Australia has experienced difficulties engaging with Asia-Pacific regional integration. Despite Australian attempts to punch above its weight in regional forums and to be a regional leader, it is still not regarded as a full member or as quite fitting into the region. It is an ‘awkward partner’ in the Asian context, and has experienced the ‘liminality’ of being neither here nor there. The former Rudd government’s proposal for an ‘Asia Pacific Community’ (APC) by the year 2020 was a substantive initiative in Australia’s ongoing engagement with Asia. It has, however, attracted a high level of criticism both at home and abroad. The main critical analysis of the proposal has focused on institutional building or architecture, or its relationship with existing regional institutions, but overlooks a host of often fraught questions about culture,
norms, identities, and international power relations. The APC concept needs to be scrutinized in terms of these questions with a critical eye. This paper examines the cultural, cognitive, and normative dimensions of Rudd’s proposal. It analyses four dilemmas or awkward problems that the APC faces.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1468109911000077
Field of Research 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Cambridge University Press
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