By Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George

Advent to diplomacy: Australian views offers entire assurance of its topic whereas taking pictures distinctively Australian views and issues. Designed for undergraduate scholars this textbook brings jointly top Australian students to give full of life introductory analyses of the theories, actors, concerns, associations and techniques that animate diplomacy at the present time. advent to diplomacy: Australian views introduces scholars to the most theoretical views earlier than masking an intensive variety of issues with old, sensible and normative dimensions.

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The key question, as prompted by the ‘critical turn’, is whether the traditional agenda contains all the necessary intellectual resources to make sense of the contemporary politics of states, war and law in international relations. Does the traditional agenda pose all the right questions, or is it necessary to rethink and re-pose some of these questions, perhaps by drawing on intellectual resources afforded by the ‘critical turn’? 14 An Introduction to International Relations In any case, what is excluded from the traditional agenda is everything associated with ‘domestic’ or ‘low politics’, everything that does not fit neatly into the agenda of states, war and law.

The final section of the chapter touches on this issue and on some of the broader dangers and opportunities of the current era. The section to follow explores more familiar terrain, in touching on the traditional frame of analytical and policy reference by which Australians have identified themselves and have sought to make themselves secure. Constructing the traditional agenda: threat, protector and ‘insurance policy’ logic before World War I Australia became a nation with Federation in 1901, but at the beginning of the twentieth century, and for decades to follow, Australians clung tightly to a British imperial worldview.

The destinies of Australia and Indonesia were ‘inseparable’, he argued, and Indonesia was to be the new cornerstone of Australia’s foreign and defence policies, now to be focused on our immediate region and on the economic and political opportunities to be found there, rather than on traditional threat scenarios. The forward defence strategy was finished, he insisted, and so was any need to pay insurance policy dues for traditional forms of protection (Millar 1978: 410). Indonesia, under President Soeharto, was particularly crucial, argued Whitlam, now that it was intent on restoring ‘principles of harmony and justice, democracy and freedom’ throughout the Archipelago (Burke 2001a: 141).

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