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The Abbott government and the Islamic State: a securitised and elitist foreign policy discourse

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2019, 00:00 authored by Peter Mulherin, Benjamin IsakhanBenjamin Isakhan
This article analyses the foreign policy discourse that surrounded the Abbott government’s 2014 decision to fight the Islamic State (IS). An analysis of parliamentary Hansard reveals that the debate featured three prominent axes: the legacy of the 2003 Iraq War; the strategies and objectives of the 2014 mission; and Australia’s domestic terror threat level. Throughout, the Abbott government not only marginalised dissenting views, but also justified its renewed engagement in the Middle East via a highly securitised and elitist foreign policy discourse. This finding has consequences beyond the battle against the IS. It reveals a deep-seated tension between the ideals of democratic pluralism and the reality that securitised and elitist foreign policy discourses protect governments from serious scrutiny.

History

Journal

Australian journal of political science

Volume

54

Issue

1

Pagination

82 - 98

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1036-1146

eISSN

1363-030X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Australian Political Studies Association