Semester I, 2016 SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AND
RELATIONS AUSTRALIA’S FOREIGN RELATIONS
3012GIR ESSAY ASSIGNMENTS AND READINGS Convenor (Nathan):
Prof Russell Trood
firstname.lastname@example.org. Convenor (Gold Coast) Dr Cathy
Email: email@example.com ESSAY ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS Write your essay on one of the topics mentioned here in the Course
You can choose any topic, except that you can’t do an essay on the topic
on which your group is presenting.
The essay should be no longer than 2000 words excluding references
and the bibliography.
The essay is to be handed in a week after the topic was covered in class.
You should submit your essay on line through SafeAssign link under
the assessment link on blackboard, no hard copies are required.
The Readings listed under each topic are not exhaustive of the material
which is available. You are encouraged to do additional research in
completing the assignment.
You are encouraged to discuss your essay with one of the Course
Convenors before submission. ________________________________________________________________________________ Week 10: May 2016 Australia’s international Aid and the Pacific Assignment topics : In approximately 1750 words, answer ONE
Critically assess the extent to which Australia’s national
interests are served by a policy of increasing international aid
with the aim of achieving the target of 0.5 percent of GNI..
Australia’s international aid policy has become
dangerously unbalanced in recent years: too much of its focus
has been concentrated on the Pacific at the expense of other
regions of the world. This is not in the national interest. READINGS AND REFERENCES 3 Herr, Richard, Bergin, Anthony, Our Near Abroad, Australia and Pacific Islands Regionalism,
Strategy Paper, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, November 2011, Chs. 1 and 5.
HaywardJones, Jenny, Policy Overboard: Australia’s Increasingly Costly Fiji Drift, Policy Brief,
Lowy Institute, May 2011
Commonwealth of Australia, Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness, April 2011, Executive
Summary at http://www.aidreview.gov.au/report/index.html
Commonwealth of Australia, An Effective Aid Program for Australia Making a real difference—
Delivering real results, Executive summary and be familiar with the contents of Chs. 5,6 and 7
Independent Task Force, A better fit, National Security and Australia’s aid program, Special
Report, ASPI, March 2011
Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee, Inquiry into the major
economic and security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest
Pacific, 2 Volumes, May 2009 and August 2009.
Mc Arthur, John, ‘The Future of Foreign Aid, Lowy Lecture Series, Lowy Institute, November
2011, download pod cast from website, http://www.lowyinstitute.org/Publication.asp?
Riddell Roger C., Does foreign aid really work? Oxford University Press, 2007
Firth Stewart, ‘Australia, The Pacific Islands and Timor Leste’ in Cotton and Ravenhill,
Middle Power Dreaming, eds. Ch. 9
Desai, Raj M. and Homi Kharas, ‘California Consensus: can private aid end global poverty?’
Survival, Vol. 50:4 September 2008.
Oxfam International The right to survive: the humanitarian challenge for the twentyfirst century.
April 2009: http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/righttosurvive
Wesley, Michael, et.al. The future state of the world: what it means for Australia’s foreign aid
program, Lowy Institute, 2011
O’Keeffe, Annmaree, ‘Aid program is healthy but in need of a plan,’ The Australian, 20 September
2010, p. 10 4 5