Please join Thomas Wilkins and Brian Job as they present their most recent research paper providing a comparative analysis of Australian and Canada 'middle power' diplomacy with regard to security governance in the Asia-Pacific region, forming part of a collaborative project executed for the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS).
Prima facie it would seem that despite its smaller aggregate power resources, Canberra has been much more effective in advancing its interests and shaping the regional security discourse, including institutional architecture, than Ottawa. This may seem entirely explicable given that the locus of Canada's power resources are in the East and preoccupied with their mighty southern neighbour. However, there is no justification for an ineffective Asia-Pacific policy given the region's ever-increasing prominence in geoeconomic and geopolitical affairs. If Canada wishes to benefit fully from the 'Asia-Pacific Century' it has much improve upon with regard to its diplomatic strategy.
The study looks at how Canada can reassert its diminished presence in the region and how Canberra and Ottawa may work in tandem as middle powers to secure their national interests and effectively contribute to multilateral security dialogues and institution-building. It achieves this through a comparative analysis structured by a conceptual framework for middle power diplomacy drawn from the extensive IR literature on this subject. It thus seeks to test and update conceptual notions of 'middle power' and furnish policy-relevant solutions for the respective governments.
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