Australia, 'Good' Global Governance and the Geopolitics of Climate

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In the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, expert panelists explore Australia's role in global climate negotiations.

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Recently, Australia’s integration into a new security alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom, based around Australian acquisition of nuclear submarines, has highlighted the important role Australia plays in questions of global security. From an Australian perspective, this AUKUS alliance highlights how the existential threat of climate change is still treated as entirely separate from hard questions of military security. Australia has long been identified as a global ‘villain’ of climate policy, and yet pressure from Australia’s closest allies has failed to shame the federal government into substantial policy change.

This seminar asks how it is that this separation continues to inform western diplomacy and policy, and what that says about prospects for the kind of ‘good’ global governance that underpins agreements like the Paris Accords and action to deliver on Goals 13 and 16 in the UN Global Agenda.


Dr Emma Shortis is a Research Fellow with the European Union Centre of Excellence in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Her most recent book, Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States, was published in August 2021.

Professor Benjamin Cashore is Li Ka Shing Professor in Public Management, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Fmr Professor, Environmental Governance and Political Science at Yale University, US (2001-19).

Associate Professor Robbie Guevara is President of the International Council of Adult Education, and teaches in the postgraduate International Development program at RMIT

Professor Bruce Wilson is the Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and Visiting Professor of Education, University of Glasgow.


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British Summer Time (BST): 0900 – 1000

Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) 1900 - 2000

Singapore Standard Time (SGT) 1600 - 1700

The Jean Monnet Network on Scientific and Social Innovation in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is co-funded by the Jean Monnet Activities Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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