Down under and in between : Australian security perspectives in the 'Asian Century'
Chubb, Danielle 2013, Down under and in between : Australian security perspectives in the 'Asian Century'. In Baker, Carl W. and Glosserman, Brad (ed), Doing more and expecting less : the future of US alliances in the Asia Pacific, CSIS, Honolulu, Hi., pp.16-24.
This chapter will provide an overview of Australian perspectives on the US alliance in light of ongoing and emerging challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. After a brief discussion of the motivations behind the signing of the ANZUS treaty, the first part of the chapter examines the historical context of the alliance, with a particular focus on the longstanding and ongoing tussle in Australia between independence in foreign policy making vis-à-vis broader structural constraints. While this debate has been a constant feature of the political scene in Australia, it has come into particular focus since the US withdrawal from Vietnam, which marked a turning point in Australian perspectives with regard to its own role in Asia. The collision of ideas surrounding Australian identity and Australian national interest has been reflected in policy approaches as successive governments have sought to strike a balance between the two exigencies and thus, most optimally ensure Australia’s strategic future. The chapter concludes by examining current perspectives through the lens of an ongoing debate taking place in Australian academic circles about what the rise of China means for Australia and its commitment to the US alliance, and considers options for caucus-style cooperation with fellow US allies beyond the hub-and-spokes model.
Field of Research
160601 Australian Government and Politics 160604 Defence Studies 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio Economic Objective
940301 Defence and Security Policy
HERDC Research category
B2 Book chapter in non-commercially published book
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