Dreams and Nightmares - Australia's Past, Present and Future in Asia

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Title Dreams and Nightmares - Australia's Past, Present and Future in Asia
Author Conley, Tom James
Journal Name Asie.Visions
Year Published 2011
Place of publication France
Publisher Institut Français des Relations Internationales
Abstract This paper argues that Australian governments of both political stripes have responded pragmatically and effectively to the rise of China, the relative decline of the United States and the increased assertiveness of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). When they have made mistakes, the Howard, Rudd and Gillard governments have worked hard to improve relations. Into the future, successful Australian foreign policy in Asia will require continuing pragmatism and heightened resistance to the immediate temptations of either dreamy or nightmarish scenarios. While it is possible either extreme could eventuate, relying on the former prognostication might leave Australia and the West unprepared and the latter over-prepared. An excessive focus by the West on a nightmare scenario centred on China's rise might have the added disadvantage of generating a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://www.ifri.org/?page=contribution-detail&id=6746&id_provenance=97
Volume 42
Page from 1
Page to 44
ISSN 9782865929221
Date Accessioned 2012-01-10; 2012-03-02T04:46:39Z
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Australian Government and Politics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43248
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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