Interpreting Australia's International Relations: Settler Colonialism, Empire, and Foreign Policy - Federica Caso

Interpreting Australia's International Relations: Settler Colonialism, Empire, and Foreign Policy - Federica Caso

The framework of settler colonialism is becoming increasingly established in the critical literature on Australia, but the scholarship on foreign policy and International Relations (IR) lags behind. Settler colonialism tends to be understood to be as a matter of land tenure, and therefore pertaining to domestic politics. Examining the connection between settler colonialism and imperial politics, this paper unearth the relevance of settler colonialism to understand Australia's international politics.  It argues that the interpretative framework of settler colonialism enables to bring to the fore questions about how race and imperial politics underlie Australia's strategic culture. To develop the argument, this paper considers two recent instances of Australia's foreign policy: the formulation of the First Nation Diplomacy Agenda and the AUKUS deal.

Federica Caso is a lecturer in International Relations. Her research focuses on gender and race in the military, war, and peacebuilding. She also has expertise in visual politics, war commemoration, and settler colonialism. She is pursuing two research projects. One examines Australia's defence and pro-gender foreign policy as means to engage in the great power competition in the Pacific, and the other investigates Indigenous military inclusion. Her first book, Settler Military Politics, is under contract with Edinburgh University Press. This book maps the relationship between settler colonialism and the development of the military and war commemoration in Australia. 

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Date & time

Fri 24 May 2024, 12–1pm

Location

Seminar Room 3.72 or Zoom

Speakers

Federica Caso

Contacts

Nick Cheesman

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