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Australian Foreign Policy Critical Review

Australian Foreign Policy Critical Review


century. This critical review will be able to find out what binds these countries together regardless of how they are set aside from the great powers that are the minority and the majority powerless states. First, it points out what should be expected from the middle powers in terms of influencing the international affairs. Later on, it gives out an insight onto which countries to be termed as middle powers. th century. Australia grabbed this in the 20stThe term ‘middle power’ dominated during Kevin Rudd’s leadership as a worldwide style for average countries to prove their status at a period of getting to higher levels by the so called ‘giants’. There happened to be more opportunities for the average class nations when it came to driving the world from the existing perceptions of great power issues. A state becoming a middle power is evident that it is a possession label. It is not only meant for countries such as Australia but also for those other countries that associated with middle power in the 21

.(Thomsen, 2015)or those who want to get a clarification on the political bridge in Australian foreign affairs would not even wish to refer to Australia as a reference point. Australia’s middle power state is being threatened in the near future by the fact that there might be so many states that may arise as the new middle power. Once this happens, Australia may fall out of its current position among the top 20. At the same time its ties with the United States as a giant, threatens Australia’s position with the rest of the middle and small powers FConley & Miller (2007) who insist that the main purpose of this phrase has been severally seen to notify the state each and every time of its strengths and downfalls. They have also given out a good number of examples of instances where Australia has managed to involve the international affairs for the sake of its economy and emerging environmental issues.As a strong term, scholars have defined middle powers and went even further to point out what people should know and expect from such states in a move to clear out the existing uncertainty. This is in line with

“middle power” is more of unique and unambitious that if it was a child, he or she can decide to be with his parents and then show off his property. The issue concerning the top 20 places Australia at the top group without putting in mind its position within the same group. However if it’s based on the top 20 then from the economic perspective and techniques of power grab on the second place. At the same time, a state’s position in the international rank may also be defended by its convincing nature and capabilities. But if it is based on the economic perspective, then it’s not clear what should take place just in case the other states get to the same level and make Australia come out of the top 20. If Australia’s regional strength is considered, then it may just be a middle power state regardless of it not being among the top 20 states. He claims that Australia’s state as a middle power.Scott (2013) argues strongly against

. Australia happens to be a regional powerhouse with the region’s link with the state having deteriorated for some time. For instance, Australian relations with Indonesia have to be improved as noted by different scholars within the country. In fact, this is supposed to proceed this way for some time now. The state has already concluded that Australia’s move to strategically deal with its nationals is already polluting the existing ties. (Fels, Kremer, & Kronenberg, 2012) “middle power” is supported by the ‘power’ technique. However, to what extent is Australia represented here. It is clear that the existing government has been represented well globally and has been preferred with its respective role during Putin’s leadership. On the same note, Australia’s significance in its region is not pointed clearly leave alone the region itself At least the term


Several nations claim the middle power state as a means of taking part in global issues. For instance, Kevin Rudd made use of this as a way of acquiring an opportunity for his country at the power table. However, if becoming one was a major slogan in claiming a middle power then it was worth nothing. When it comes to defining middle power either quantitatively or on the qualitative perspective, Australia comes in as a middle power in quantitative perspective regardless of the qualitative perception as put across by the government. The concept of middle power is comparative comprising both the qualitative and quantitative perceptions. This comes in between both the superpowers and the powerless when it comes to state rankings. Finally, even as Australia is still regarded as the long time middle power, it may fall out of its rank with the emergence of current middle powers.


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Fels, E., Kremer, J.-F., & Kronenberg, K, 2012, Power in the 21st Century, Springer, NewYork.

Scott, D., . (2013, Australia as a Middle Power: Ambiguities of Role and Identity, Journal of

Diplomacy and International Relations, 111-120.

Thomsen, P. (2015, April). Middle Power in Action: The Evolving Nature of Diplomacy in the

Age of Multilateralism. Retrieved from EAI Middle Power Diplomacy Initiative