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Published 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been characterized by an expectation of protection along with a sense of trepidation that such protection may be withdrawn.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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