TITLE

THE INTERVENTION YOU HAVE WHEN YOU'RE NOT HAVINGAN INTERVENTION': AUSTRALIA, PNGAND THE ENHANCED COOPERATION PROGRAM

AUTHOR(S)
Hawksley, Charles
PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
Social Alternatives;2005 Third Quarter, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that the idea of non-interference in the domestic affairs of states has been a hallmark of international relations since the seventeenth century. More often interventions in the form of peacekeeping operations can occur if sufficient political will exists within the United Nations system or regional organizations to end conflict or combat humanitarian catastrophes. In this regard failed states are an international concern as the breakdown of a state's capacity to control its population and administration may have severe implications for its neighbors. The Australia-Papua New Guinea (PNG) relationship is complex. Despite the asymmetry of power, the contest is rarely one-sided. Australia has had a long history of involvement in PNG affairs, much of it from a position of formal political control. The Enhanced Cooperation Program and the whole-of-government approach have emerged following the failure of the wider neoliberal agenda, and its obsession with smaller administration and a reduced role for the state. PNG is a sovereign state, and sovereign states do not normally require foreign armed troops to help them control their own country. PNG politicians are not actually against Australian assistance. The question for Australia remains how to achieve what it wants in PNG without looking like it is intervening; to date this has proved impossible.
ACCESSION #
18834945

 

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