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Strategic Posture Review: Australia

Friday, May 1, 2009
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Australia sits within two geostrategic landscapes: It is an active member of the global Anglo-American alliance, while also being part of the Asia-Pacific region. In the past, Australia's cultural, political and economic referents linked it closely to Britain and the United States. In terms of security, Australia was historically "protected" by the British Empire. With the empire's rapid unraveling from 1942 onward, followed by Britain's realignment with Europe, Australia sought protection from the United States.

However, Australia is also geographically part of the Asia Pacific. While Australia was able to isolate itself from its neighbors for most of its existence, global changes since the 1960s and 1970s have forced it to engage with Asia. As a result, Australian security patterns have begun to promote regional engagement with its neighbors, while maintaining historic ties with its "great and powerful" friends. ...

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