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|Geopolitics of climate change and Australia's 'Re-engagement' with Asia: Discourses of fear and cartographic anxieties
|Australian Journal of Political Science, 2010; 45(1):95-115
|Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle
|Drawing theoretical insights offered by the Copenhagen School, in conjunction with a critical assessment of environmental security, the intention of this paper is to examine the ways in which Australia's 're-engagement with Asia' is getting increasingly securitized through both speech acts and practices relating to climate change and energy security. These acts and practices are dictated and driven by the state-centric 'national security' discourses on the one hand, and by the geo-economic imperatives of fossil fuel-driven models of economic growth and energy security on the other hand. The key question, in our view, then becomes: What are the actual or potential linkages (and contradictions) between Australia's self-image as an energy superpower, alongside its increasingly embraced normative role as a responsible international (and even Asian) citizen committed to effectively mitigating climate change?
|© 2010 Australian Political Studies Association
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