Australia’s role in the world

1st of May 2010

In an era characterised by globalisation, protracted civil wars, new security challenges, food and economic crises, and environmental challenges, the role Australia plays in the world has changed dramatically from in the past. Australia’s response to the myriad issues currently facing the international community raises numerous questions about the role it should play on the world stage, and the role it does play. Are we a ‘good global citizen’? How do we rate against other states? How well are we balancing our national interests and international obligations? What are we doing, and what should we be doing?

We will discuss these issues particularly in relation to Australia’s response to civil and inter-state wars, refugees, international development and poverty alleviation, and environmental and climate change.

Coordinator: Jasmine-Kim Westendorf


Conny Lenneberg Director of Policy and Programs, World Vision Australia
Clovis Mwamba psychologist, linguist and parliamentarian in exile from the RDC
Jodi Newcombe – Manager of States and Regions Program, The Climate Group
Jasmine-Kim Westendorf Researcher in International Relations

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