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Issues in Australian Foreign Policy: July to December 2013

Beeson, M. (2014) Issues in Australian Foreign Policy: July to December 2013. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 60 (2). pp. 265-278.

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It really is quite remarkable how much can happen in six months. The period under review here was always going to be noteworthy because it was punctuated by a federal election and a change of government. But few would have predicted how eventful foreign affairs would prove to be in its aftermath. A number of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships were unexpectedly undermined by the sorts of “events” that former British prime minister Harold Macmillan famously suggested made policy-making such a difficult business For students of comparative foreign policy, the last six months provide an interesting opportunity to analyze the competing priorities and styles of the outgoing and incoming governments. They also allow us to contemplate one of the potentially most important but frequently neglected questions in the study of foreign policy: does it really make any difference who is in charge?

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Wilry
Copyright: The Author
Notes: Article first published online: 10 June 2014
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