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ItemAfrica in/and the World(African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific, 2009) Lyons, Tanya JulieBack in 2000 Gavin Kitching sparked a major debate about giving up African Studies, his main argument being that African studies had become depressing, because the leaders he had supported during anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggles had become the tyrants, keeping their countries and peoples subjugated and in poverty. His departure from the field of African studies flowed on the tide of Australian academics moving toward more mainstream fields of study including Asian studies, keeping job prospects open rather than closed. A rational choice in the face of an irrational Africa! A decade has passed since Kitching's 'depressing' announcement, and if only for the sake of assisting in the resettlement of former African refugees and African migrants in Australia, we need to engage with Africa and in particular conduct research and analysis of African issues in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and conditions in Africa today.
ItemThe Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement: the boomerang of competitive liberalisation?(Center for Australian Studies, Chengchi University, 2005) Leaver, Richard LawrenceNot all that long ago, considerable intellectual energy was spent across Australia analysing the formation of trade policy. And much as elsewhere, there were two basic approaches. The first approach focussed on the evolution of the rules of the game in multilateral trade, stepping from the assumption that national policy was essentially an autonomous instrument designed to leverage those rules in directions broadly favourable to local industries. The second approach consisted of tracking the course of pressure group politics, and worked on the assumption that national policy was the vector outcome of many conflicting interests.
ItemAustralian trade policy under the Howard Government(Center for Australian Studies, Chengchi University, 2002) Leaver, Richard LawrenceIt is an open secret that APEC has, in recent years, fallen upon hard times. That secret began to circulate at the Vancouver APEC summit held four months into the Asian Financial Crisis when President Clinton casually opined that the whole event was really nothing more than 'a few little glitches in the road'.