An Introduction to International Relations: Australian by Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George

By Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George

Creation to diplomacy: Australian views offers entire assurance of its topic whereas taking pictures distinctively Australian views and matters. Designed for undergraduate scholars this textbook brings jointly top Australian students to provide full of life introductory analyses of the theories, actors, concerns, associations and procedures that animate diplomacy this day. advent to diplomacy: Australian views introduces scholars to the most theoretical views prior to masking an intensive variety of subject matters with old, useful and normative dimensions.

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Domestically, Whitlam moved quickly to establish a social and legislative framework for radical policy transformation (Kelly 1976; Patience and Head 1979). His foreign policy initiatives were also radically inclined. Consequently, after withdrawing Australian troops from Vietnam, Australia granted official recognition to the communist government of China, granted independence to PNG, took an antagonistic position on the apartheid regime in South Africa, and supported many of the attitudes and aims of Third World countries in the UN and elsewhere (Evans and Grant 1991: chapter 2).

The most obvious foreign policy continuity, however, concerned relations with Indonesia, where Fraser’s fear of a Soviet-Vietnamese axis in the region led him to maintain Australia’s aid and support for the Soeharto regime and its occupation of East Timor. g. the US in Central America and Indonesia in East Timor); and which saw Australia effectively supporting Pol Pot’s genocidal regime at the UN as part of an ongoing American strategy to ‘punish’ Vietnam. Conversely, at the same time Fraser was opening up Australia to thousands of Vietnamese refugees.

Realists argue that states exist in a condition of anarchy that compels them to seek and to balance power to ensure their survival and security (see chapter 4). They paint international relations as a tragic realm of ‘power politics’ where ‘national interests’ clash and moral claims hold little sway. For realists, the character of international relations remains unchanged through history. Marked by what Kenneth Waltz (1979: 66) calls ‘a dismaying persistence’ of war, international relations is, in Wight’s (1966b: 26) words, ‘the realm of recurrence and repetition’.

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