Australia Debates American Primacy in Asia

United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives from Asia

Author/s (editor/s):

William Tow, H. D. P. Envall

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Book chapter

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Cambria Press

William T. Tow and H. D. P. Envall, ‘Australia Debates American Primacy in Asia’, in Yoichiro Sato and Tan See Seng, eds, United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives from Asia, Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2015, pp. 297-323.

The hallmark of Australia’s defense politics has been its dependence on great and powerful friends. Indeed, despite regular debates about pursuing a more independent foreign and security policy, Australian strategy has historically been characterized by an expectation of protection along with a sense of trepidation that such protection may be withdrawn. Abandonment, rather than entrapment, has been the major obsession preoccupying Australia’s foreign policy decision-makers.

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