Posts Tagged ‘ foreign affairs ’

McCain pledges to renew Australian alliance

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Election 2008

The Republican presidential candidate says he will work with the Rudd Government to establish a global framework that would encourage China and India to become part of the solution to man-made climate change. Senator McCain says he is committed to a market-based cap-and-trade system aimed at reducing carbon emissions. And he wants a closer bilateral partnership on other key issues such as nuclear proliferation, trade liberalisation and combating terrorism.

Turnbull to seize on Rudd’s absence

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

The Prime Minister today defended the trip as in the national interest, and received some unlikely support today from Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who said now was the time to talk to world leaders in the wake of the global financial crisis. But Liberal frontbencher Eric Abetz said this morning: “Kevin747 seems to be a very good little tagline for him. It’s, unfortunately, indicative of what he’s been doing in recent times.”

All in the timing for Turnbull

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

Kevin Rudd’s week-long visit to New York to address the UN General Assembly will mark his second visit to the US this year. Labor has been in office for about 300 days and the new Prime Minister has spent 50 of them overseas. Former prime minister John Howard spent 18 nights overseas in his first year.

Finance, climate change on PM’s agenda

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

Kevin Rudd will use his visit to the United States to meet a variety of economic officials, which he believes will be crucial in helping Australia deal with the fallout from the US turmoil. The prime minister has come in for criticism for his decision to head off on the three-day visit when the Australian economy is on a rollercoaster of its own.

I’m ready to be US president: Sarah Palin

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

Democrats have warned that Ms. Palin, a first-term governor, is woefully inexperienced and is not qualified to serve a “heartbeat” away from the presidency. In her first interview for over two weeks, the 44-year-old mother of five struggled, when asked her views of the Bush doctrine, which states the United States will mount a preemptive strike against a looming threat if it deems itself at risk.

Strategic environment changing

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

It is a measure of the Prime Minister’s commitment to national security that with the economy slowing and the country suffering increased unemployment and the effects of international financial crises, he should so specifically recommit to real growth in the defence budget of 3 per cent a year for the next decade.

Rudd champing at US bit

Sep 3rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Much of Kevin Rudd’s foreign policy ambition remains in suspension, awaiting president Obama or president McCain, either of whom will bring new authority and distinguish their policies from President George W. Bush. So far Rudd has finessed Bush with skill. But John Howard remains Bush’s Australian prime minister and Rudd knows there are strict limits to what he can accomplish with the current administration.

America has lost its way in the world

Aug 29th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

After the end of the Cold War, the United States could have done so much to continue the advance to an even more effective, rules-based system where law governed relations between states. Instead, today’s America has pushed these high aspirations and noble principles aside and led us, step by step, to a point of crisis. What went wrong?

Experts see trouble in Afghanistan, Pakistan: survey

Aug 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Among the findings of the survey: 69 per cent surveyed said the United States should shift its forces from Iraq to Afghanistan and the Gulf region, with 80 per cent believing that the United States has focused too much on Iraq and not enough on Afghanistan.

The New Chill

Aug 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Is Russia a threat — to its neighbors, to Europe, to the United States? What are the United States and its NATO allies prepared to do if Russia blackmails or attacks another sovereign democratic nation that is not a member of the alliance? Should the West continue to engage Russia or focus more on containing its ambitions?