Island off the Coast of Asia: Instruments of Statecraft in Australian Foreign Policy

Island off the Coast of Asia: Instruments of Statecraft in Australian Foreign Policy

by Clinton Fernandes


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This book examines Australian foreign policy in multiple dimensions: diplomatic, military, economic, legal and scientific. It shows how the instruments of statecraft have defended domestic concentrations of wealth and power across the 230-year span of modern Australian history. The pursuit of security has meant much more than protection from invasion. It gives priority to economic interests, and to a political order that secures them. This view of security has deep roots in Australia’s geopolitical tradition. Australia began its existence on the winning side of a worldwide confrontation. The book shows that the ‘organizing principle’ of Australian foreign policy is to stay on the winning side of the global contest. Australia has pursued this principle in war and peace, using the full arsenal of diplomacy, law, investment, research, negotiations, military force and espionage. This book uses many decades of secret files to reveal the inner workings of high-level policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498565448
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 07/15/2018
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Clinton Fernandes teaches at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia.

Table of Contents

1.The organising principle of Australian foreign policy
2.A Sub-Imperial Reflex
3.The military instrument: ANZUS
4.The military instrument: Malaya
5.Vietnam and the Transformation of Australian Life
6.The military instrument: Indonesia
7.The Legal Instrument and Australia’s off-shore energy riches
8.The Challenge of the New International Economic Order
9.The economic instrument, 1983-1999
10.Financial Instruments: 1998 to the present
11.Current Policy Priorities
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