Managing global and regional interdependence: the future of the G20 and an Asia Pacific community by Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia.
Yep, Kev has been at it again. Another week, another essay.
You’d think he was still in high school trying to make head prefect, rather than the dude who should be putting his time and oomph into running this little country.
Is the G20 under threat of any kind? Is the Asia Pacific community verging on being in tatters?
Yet, our Kev thought this non-happening was worthy of a 28 page essay in an international journal.
The essay title isn’t what you’d call compelling, and the content is fulsomely presented in bland, meaningless English, the use of which Kev is a guru.
Big surprise that the American journal of Foreign Affairs declined to publish Kev’s essay.
This might be why:
''For some, this may seem a pointless theoretical discussion of political taxonomies,''
''incremental bifurcation'' in the Asia-Pacific region between
Chinaand the United States
''remain vigilant against the possibility of alternative contingencies''
''need to work with the extant political vocabulary within
's national discourse'' China
is the elephant in the living room that can no longer be ignored'', he writes, one that ''stands in a league of its own'' and ''needs a seat at the main table''. China
''The core challenge here is that the current edifice of global institutions is not strong enough to carry the weight of the challenges we face,'' he writes. ''There is a yawning gap between the capacity of existing global institutions designed to deal with the challenges of the past, but insufficiently mandated, resourced or representative of emerging power realities to deal with the challenges of the future.''
Rudd variously describes the G20 as an ''incubator of global initiatives'', ''an enabling agency'' and ''a brokering mechanism'' for international action.
''In short, the G20 should act as the lightning rod for global leadership: articulating principles, defining broad objectives and crafting political consensus.''
Jesus H Christ, where the hell has Rudd been?
Elephants, yawning gaps, incubators, lightening rods, taxonomies. Sheesh. Someone, please, keep Kev off the keyboard. It's embarrassing.
Spiked! The essay that never went to print