Navigating the New International Disorder

Australia in World Affairs 2011 - 2015

Mark Beeson, Shahar Hameiri

Navigating the New International Disorder

Australia in World Affairs 2011 - 2015

Mark Beeson, Shahar Hameiri






9 Nov 2016


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The twelfth volume in this definitive series on Australia’s foreign policy charts Australian foreign policymakers’ efforts to navigate an increasingly unpredictable international environment. A shifting environment in which established and long-held Australian conceptions of international politics appear to be challenged due to the rise of China and the intensification of a host of ‘non-traditional’ security concerns, such as Islamic State, climate change and, for some, irregular migration. It describes the years between 2011 and 2015, a period of considerable domestic political instability in which Australia had four prime ministers, two removed by their own parties, and three foreign ministers, as characterised by economic and security volatility, globally and regionally – ‘the old order is dying, the new struggling to be born’. The thematic chapters cover and analyse major developments in important areas of foreign policy and are written by some of the foremost experts working in Australia today. It is a valuable resource for specialists, students and interested readers alike, seeking to understand the forces shaping Australian foreign policy in our time.

  • Includes 14 thematic chapters covering all of the major areas of Australian foreign policy providing readers with a comprehensive view of Australian foreign policymaking today
  • Encompasses major events in Australian politics and foreign policy 2011-15 providing readers with a quick reference tool for locating major events
  • Chronology of Australia’s Foreign Policy and Political Events 2011–2015
  • List of Australian Prime Ministers and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence Ministers, 2011–15


1. Australian Foreign Policy and the New World Disorder

2. International Order-Building and the Systemic Context of Australian Foreign Policy, 1901Present

3. Australia and an Evolving International Order: A Time of Tectonic Change

4. International Organisations and International Law

5. Australian Ideas of Regionalism

6. The United States or China: ‘We don’t have to choose’

7. Non-traditional Security

8. Australia and the Aftermath of the GFC

9. Trade and Industry Policy: The Growing Partisan Divide

10. The Challenges of Australia’s Resource Power Moment

11. Playing its part? The environment in Australia’s foreign policy

12. Foreign Aid

13. More New Delhi, Less Vienna: Australia, India and Global Nuclear Orders

14. Gender and Foreign Policy

15. The Foreign Policy ProcessIndex


Edited by:

Mark Beeson is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia

Shahar Hameiri is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs at the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland


He Baogang  is the head of Public Policy and Global Affairs program at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and tenured Professor and Chair of International Studies program since 2005, at Deakin University.

Nick Bisley is the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University.

Melissa Conley Tyler is National Executive Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Duc Dao is completing an Honours degree in International Security Studies at the Australian National University under the ANU Honours Scholarship.

Sara E. Davies is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University.

Lorraine Elliott is Professor of International Relations in the Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University.

Andrew Phillips is Associate Professor of International Relations and Strategy in the School of Political Science at the University of Queensland

Andrew Rosser is Associate Professor of Development Studies at the University of Adelaide.

Shirley Scott is a professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales.

Ramesh Thakur is Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Elizabeth Thurbon is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations/International Political Economy at the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales.

Jacqui True is Professor of Politics and International Relations and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.

Andrew Walter is Professor of International Relations in the Melbourne School of Government and the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.

Michael Wesley is Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University.

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. 

Jeffrey D. Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University.

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Chapter 1: Australian Foreign Policy and the New World Disorder