Analyses | 04 November 2012

Australia place in the Asian century

In this extended article for The Diplomat, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf examines the aspirations and the omissions of the Australia’s Government’s October 2012 Asian Century white paper. He argues that the paper presents too benign and linear a view of the Asian strategic environment, and that Australia needs to strengthen its instruments of policy – such as defence and diplomacy – regardless of where the region is headed.

  • Rory Medcalf

In this extended article for The Diplomat, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf examines the aspirations and the omissions of the Australia’s Government’s October 2012 Asian Century white paper. He argues that the paper presents too benign and linear a view of the Asian strategic environment, and that Australia needs to strengthen its instruments of policy – such as defence and diplomacy – regardless of where the region is headed.

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The full text of the article is available from The Diplomat