Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wrote an essay for the world’s top foreign policy publication Foreign Affairs but it was rejected by the magazine’s editorial board.
The Punch can today reveal that Mr Rudd penned an essay last summer concerning his idea for an Asia-Pacific Union along with his paper on the global financial crisis. But Foreign Affairs magazine published by the Council on Foreign Relations chose not to run the piece.
Foreign Affairs editor, James F. Hoge Jr., told The Punch that Mr Rudd had intended the piece to coincide with Mr Rudd’s trip to the United States in March of this year but there were “timing problems” between the magazine’s publication and Mr Rudd’s visit.
Mr Hoge said that there was also “overlap” between the essay’s topic and similar articles recently published in Foreign Affairs.
But he described Mr Rudd as a “thoughtful statesman”.
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