Solving Australia’s foreign affairs challenges


John Blaxland on developing a grand compact for the Pacific

“Australia could gain economically and politically from bolstering security and stability in the region, while also helping to limit destabilising external interference.”

THE PROBLEM: The micro states of the Pacific are facing a range of existential challenges. These include: looming environmental catastrophe associated with climate change; inadequate governance; and maritime, territorial and domestic security problems related to or exacerbated by tensions between great powers battling for supremacy in the region. Many of these nations are ill-prepared for the likely consequences and have limited capacity to respond to them. Visionary and respectful Australian engagement is needed to avert disaster.

Australian Foreign Affairs 8: Can We Trust America?

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