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Issues in Australian Foreign Policy: January to June 2016

‘Issues in Australian Foreign Policy: January to June 2016’, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 62(4), 592-607, 2016.

This paper begins by outlining the Australian debate over the proper relationship between foreign and defence policy. It then turns to review the key judgements of the 2016 Defence White Paper. The rest of the paper explores how Australian foreign policy developed over the period from 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016 and the connection with the four priorities of Power, Disputes, Threats and Resources. The paper concludes by arguing that the current globalist approach seeks to address far too large a range of theatres for a coherent relationship to operate between Australia’s foreign and defence policies. A more disciplined focus on Southeast Asia, along with revisiting the organisational mechanisms of cooperation, offers the best chance for restoring strategic coherence.

Keywords: Australia, Foreign Policy, Defence Policy, Asia, Policy coordination

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