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Diplomats Lobbying the US Congress: The Australian Story

Tuesday 5th July 2016 6:00pm AEST

Presented by Dr Alan Tidwell

Lobbying as a form of engagement with the U.S. Congress has long been studied from a domestic perspective. Lobbying, however, is not a practice confined to actors with domestic interests – it is also used as a form of diplomacy by many foreign governments, including Australia. Diplomatic lobbying is a vastly under-studied phenomenon and its impact on U.S. foreign relations is rarely examined. Unlike most Westminster-based democracies, the U.S. has two branches directly involved with foreign affairs: The Executive and Congress, each of which are important for different aspects of foreign policy development. Australia has found lobbying the U.S. Congress to be a powerful tool for diplomatic engagement. This paper looks at the role of the U.S. Congress in foreign affairs, the effects of lobbying, and the ways in which diplomats engage with and lobby Congress. Australia’s specific lobbying efforts and their effects upon the U.S.–Australian relationship are then examined.

Alan C. Tidwell is currently the Director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies located in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Prior to join joining Georgetown University, Dr Tidwell was a program officer with the United States Institute of Peace. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, a master of professional ethics from the University of New South Wales, and an M.S. in conflict resolution from George Mason University

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Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point

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Tuesday 5th July 2016 6:00pm AEST

Australian Institute of International Affairs Queensland Branch

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