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PacNet #16 – No Australian Uranium to India: “Creative Middle Power Diplomacy” in Action?

March 6, 2008

The Rudd government’s decision to reverse its predecessor’s pledge to sell uranium to India has triggered controversy in Australia. Some applaud the step as a bold initiative, while others dismiss it as dogmatic and shortsighted. It may, however, constitute one of the first manifestations of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s so-called “creative middle power diplomacy,” a sharp contrast to his predecessor’s “practical” and “realistic” foreign policy.