Australian Foreign Policy ebook

Controversies and Debates

Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr, Anthony J. Langlois

Australian Foreign Policy ebook

Controversies and Debates

Daniel Baldino, Andrew Carr, Anthony J. Langlois






28 Mar 2014




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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 features

  • Discussion 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.


Introduction: A guide to Australian foreign policy
1. Theory and Australian Foreign Policy
Debate point: Should realism guide Australia’s national interest?
Scott Burchill and Martin Griffiths
2. The Liberal/Labor Tradition
Debate point: Is there a distinct Labor/Liberal tradition in Australian foreign policy and practice?
Josh Frydenberg, Melissa Parke MP and John Langmore
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
Martin Drum and Peter van Onselen
4. Australian Diplomacy and Multilateralism
Debate point: Multilateralism is the ‘band aid’ of Australian diplomacy
Ian Hall and Andrew O’Neil
5. The Global Economy
Debate point: Does an open, free-market economy make Australia more or less secure in a globalised world?
Tim Doyle, Adela Alfonsi and Peter Robertson
6. Terrorism
Debate point: Is the threat of terrorism exaggerated?
Daniel Baldino and David Martin Jones
7. The US Alliance
Debate point: Australia is, and always has been, a pliant ally—a lapdog—that too readily follows the US
Alison Broinowski and James Curran
8. Chapter 8: ANZUS and the Rise of China
Debate point: Australia should distance itself from the United States in favour of China
Rémy Davison and Shamsul Khan
9. Relations with Indonesia
Debate point: Indonesia remains Australia’s biggest blind spot
Malcolm Cook and Rawdon Dalrymple
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
Jonathan Shultz and Joanne Wallis
11. Defence Spending
Debate point: The world is becoming more hostile and Australia should increase its defence spending
Andrew Carr and Peter Leahy
12. Good International Citizenship
Debate point: Is Australia a good international citizen?
Tim Dunne and Anthony Langlois
13. Australia and Climate Change
Debate point: Is Australia a climate change laggard rather than a climate change leader?
Robyn Eckersley and Matt McDonald
14. Asylum Seekers
Debate point: The debate about asylum seekers proves that Australia is a frightened country
Neil James and William Maley
15. Religion and Foreign Policy
Debate point: Religion should be more prominent in Australia’s foreign policy
David Cappo and Tim Verhoeven



Daniel Baldino - Head of the Politics and International Relations Discipline, University of Notre Dame
Andrew Carr - Research Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University
Anthony J. Langlois - Associate Professor and Head of International Relations in the School of International Studies, Flinders University 


Adela Alfonsi
Daniel Baldino
Alison Broinowski
Scott Burchill
David Cappo
Andrew Carr
Malcolm Cook
James Curran
Rawdon Dalrymple
Rémy Davison
Timothy Doyle
Martin Drum
Tim Dunne
Robyn Eckersley
Josh Frydenberg
Martin Griffiths
Ian Hall
Neil James
David Martin Jones
Shamsul Khan
Anthony J. Langlois
John Langmore
Peter Leahy
Matt McDonald
William Maley
Andrew O’Neil
Melissa Parke
Peter Robertson
Jonathan Schultz
Peter van Onselen
Tim Verhoeven
Joanne Wallis

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