Debates on security became more intense following the unanticipated end of the Cold War conflict and took on added force after the terrorist attacks on the US on September 11, 2001. Generally viewed as a part of the wider 'West' despite its separation by enormous geographical distances from both Europe and the United States, Australia is a regional power in its own right. It has been an active and loyal member of the US-led coalitions of the willing, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. The terrorist attacks in Bali one year after the attacks in the United States brought home to Australia the direct nature of the new global terrorist threats to its own security. This volume brings together leading experts on international security and Australia's foreign and security policies in a critical examination of Australia's adaptations to the new security challenges. It is the first in-depth and comprehensive analysis of Australia's defence and security policies as well as the country's role in countering regional and global challenges to international security since the war on terrorism began.
'Australia's prominent role in the global war on terror has encouraged lively debate on the country's foreign policy. This debate is fully reflected in this valuable book, which addresses both Australia's wider contribution to international peace and security and its more specific concerns as a Pacific power.' Sir Lawrence Freedman, Vice Principal (Research), King's College London, UK 'Security policy scholars and practitioners worldwide are still wrestling with the implications of September 11 2001. This book offers a fascinating collection of analyses of the post 9/11 international security environment and the Australian policy response. It makes a valuable contribution to the debate about the old and new security agendas and the interplay between them.' Elsina Wainwright, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Australia 'Australian security must now be managed in a world characterized by striking continuities and confronting new challenges. This volume kick starts a much needed debate about what security means in this new environment, and about how it can be realized. McDougall and Shearman have brought together an impressive group of scholars and policy-makers…Far from being the last word of the subject, this book promises to stimulate the kind of creative yet hard-headed thinking about Australian security so sorely needed at this historical juncture.' Chris Reus-Smit, Australian National University, Australia 'A special merit of these twelve essays is that they bring together the reformulations of "security architecture"; that stem from such writers as Barry Buzan and Richard Little and the reflections on leadership that emphasize the moral rectitude claimed by those elected through the profection of images of competence.' Reviews in Australian Studies '…a collection of essays that are informative and challenging. Taken together, they offer a much-needed corrective to the thinness of the academic and public discussion of Australian security…' Au
Contents: Setting the Scene: Global and Australian: The New Global Security Agenda, Gareth Evans; Old, new or both? Australia's security agendas at the start of the New Century, Hugh White; The American Empire: past, present and future, Michael Cox; Identity politics, new security agendas and the anglosphere, Peter Shearman; The 'New Security Environment' in the Asia-Pacific: an Australian perspective, Nick Bisley. Perspectives on Australian (and Australasian) Policy: Evolving Australian security interests in the Asia-Pacific: policy coherence or disjunction?, William Tow; Australia and the 'War on Terrorism': a preliminary assessment, Derek McDougall; Everything new is old again? Australia-Japan relations, new security and 'The New Dispensation', Richard Leaver; Australia and Indonesia: living in different strategic worlds, Richard Chauvel; Australasian security policy: old agenda divergence, new agenda convergence?, Robert Ayson; Oceania and the New Security Agenda, John Henderson; Why Prime Ministers go too far: the case of John Howard, James Walter; Index.