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

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.