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Has Australian foreign and security policy paid Africa the attention that it deserves? While many traditional donors and ‘new’ and emerging actors have invigorated and expanded their connections with African states since the turn of the millennium, Australia has largely failed to do the same.
In this seminar, Dr Nikola Pijović will examine Australia’s contemporary engagement with Africa. The discussion will centre on whether Australian politicians have been able to develop a shared rationale for engagement with Africa, and made the space needed for policymakers to assess the nation’s strategic and long-term interests on the African continent.
Dr Nikola Pijović is a lecturer in International Relations at Queen’s University Belfast and a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia’s Africa Research and Engagement Centre. He has a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University, and his research broadly focuses on foreign policy-making, Australian foreign policy, and ‘new’ actors in Africa. Nikola is a leading expert on Australia’s engagement with Africa, and is the author of ‘Australia and Africa: a new friend from the South?’ - the first ever comprehensive examination of Australia’s historical and contemporary engagement with Africa.