The politics of Australia's withdrawal from Iraq

Isakhan,B 2014, The politics of Australia's withdrawal from Iraq, Australian journal of political science, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 647-661, doi: 10.1080/10361146.2014.968982.

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Title The politics of Australia's withdrawal from Iraq
Author(s) Isakhan,BORCID iD for Isakhan,B
Journal name Australian journal of political science
Volume number 49
Issue number 4
Start page 647
End page 661
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2014-10-02
ISSN 1036-1146
Keyword(s) foreign policy
Summary This article examines the complex matrix of public, political and policy debates that were brought to bear on Australia's decision to withdraw from Iraq. In analysing the ‘politics of withdrawal’ in Australia, this article identifies four dominant frames that served to polarise the issue along party-political lines and reduce the complexities of Australia's withdrawal to a set of simple polarities (such as ‘stay the course’ versus ‘responsible withdrawal’). Specifically, these frames obfuscated an assessment of the myriad challenges facing post-Saddam Iraq and the prospects for peace, security and development beyond Australia's withdrawal. Understanding the ways in which Australia framed its decision to disengage from Iraq is critical to further analysis of Australia's approach to current (or future) military draw-downs (such as in Afghanistan), as well as those conducted by other liberal democracies, such as the US and the UK.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2014.968982
Field of Research 160601 Australian Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940301 Defence and Security Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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