Australia’s Strategic and Commercial Engagement with South Asia under Kevin Rudd: The Paradoxes

Book Chapter

Marika Vicziany
in J Cotton & J Ravenhill (eds.), Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010: Middle Power Dreaming
(ISBN: 9780 1955 6727 4, paperback)
Published by Oxford University Press & Australian Institute of International Affairs, 2011

Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010; Middle Power Dreaming ‘‘Australia in World Affairs 2006-2010: Middle Power Dreaming’’ is a volume in the authoritative series published every five years by the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). For this edition, published in late 2011, Chapter 8 by Prof Marika Vicziany addresses the paradox in which Australia’s strategic engagement with South Asia: our security engagement was dominated by Afghanistan while Australian commercial national interests lay almost exclusively with India. The focus is on Kevin Rudd’s period as prime minister of Australia (2007-10) and his subsequent role as foreign minister (from 2010). Pakistan, one of the most important players in the region, was largely ignored during this period.