Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates

Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates

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The emphasis of Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates is to expose and examine the core debates and multiple dilemmas that define foreign policy in Australia. Each chapter is made up on an introduction and a debate which encourages critical understanding of the multiple influences on the formulation, implementation and transformation of Australian foreign policy. This format weighs the pros and cons of various controversial interpretations of major events related to foreign policy in the 21st century. Key bilateral relationships, including China, Indonesia and the US, are investigated and contemporary issues such as human rights, transnational terrorism, international environmental issues, human security and economic globalisation are featured. Key featuresDiscussion questions at the end of each chapter encourage readers to critically evaluate the debates.Coverage of contemporary issues such as Australia's relationships with China and Indonesia, asylum seekers and climate change - will engage readers.Boxes throughout the text - explain key definitions and documents, and emphasise extra information and materials. This book is the recipient of the Australian Institute of International Affairs' publication support grant.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 171 x 246 x 19mm | 620g
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0195525639
  • 9780195525632
  • 415,013

Table of contents

Part I: Origins & Organisation of Australian Foreign Policy
Debate Point: Should Realism guide Australia's National Interest?
2. The Liberal/Labor Tradition
3. Media and the Making of Foreign Policy
Debate Point: It is unwise for governments to make foreign policy in response to media-driven agendas
4. Australian Diplomacy and Multilateralism
5. The Global Economy
Debate Point: Does an open-free market economy make Australia more or less secure in a globalised world?
6. Terrorism
Debate Point: The threat of terrorism is exaggerated
Debate Point: Australia is, and always has been, a pliant ally - a lapdog - that too readily follows the US
8. ANZUS and the Rise of China
9. Relations with Indonesia
Debate Point: Indonesia remains Australia's biggest blind spot
10. Australia in the Pacific
Debate Point: Australia should be seen as a 'bully' or 'neo-colonialist' in light of its foreign policy in the Pacific region and its relationships with its regional neighbours
Part III: The Future of Australian Foreign Policy
Debate Point: The world is becoming more hostile and Australia should increase its defence spending
12. Good International Citizenship
13. Australia and Climate Change
Debate Point: Is Australia a climate change laggard rather than a climate change leader?
Debate Point: The debate about asylum seekers proves that Australia is a frightened country
15. Religion and Foreign Policy
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About Daniel Baldino

Dr Daniel Baldino is the Head of the Politics and International Relations Discipline at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. His latest books are Spooked (2013) and the co-edited Contemporary Challenges to Australian Security (2012). He completed his PhD at the University of South Australia. He also has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Business) and Masters in International Politics.

Dr Andrew Carr is a Lecturer at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, at the Australian National University. He has published on Australian foreign policy and middle power theory. Dr Carr is an editor of the journal Security Challenges and the Centre of Gravity policy paper series.
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