Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 | 09:56 | SYDNEY
Tuesday 14 Aug 2018 | 09:56 | SYDNEY

The limits of creative middle-power diplomacy


Sam Roggeveen


15 April 2008 09:46

Quote of the day goes to Phillip Coorey in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Rudd's trip was well received at home, but he is not overplaying what he achieved. He urged NATO to do more about Afghanistan's opium production; he pleaded with China over Tibet; in the US and Europe he called for agricultural subsidies to be dropped and global free trade to be embraced; and he asked Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf to do something about his country's porous border with Afghanistan. Yet despite the tough talk, on all of these issues Rudd was essentially told to bugger off.

UPDATE: A reader points out that, in fairness, I should also have quoted Coorey's next sentence: 'Importantly, Rudd has introduced himself to more than a dozen world leaders and met many more informally.'