Saturday 18 Aug 2018 | 05:04 | SYDNEY

At the Wednesday Lunch at Lowy on 4 March 2009, historian Peter Edwards placed the current debate in the context of the long history of debates between those who see global alliances as central to Australia's national security and those who emphasise the importance of self-reliance and regional links. By examining the cyclical pattern of strategic debates over more than a century, he suggested a likely framework for the White Paper and the way it will be assessed.


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