Australia’s Strategic Priorities: Challenges for a New Government

Lyon, Rod (2008) Australia’s Strategic Priorities: Challenges for a New Government. Elcano Newsletter (42). 7 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

This ARI deals with the key decisions on strategic priorities to be adopted by the new Australian Labor Government. The Australian Labor Party came into power in November 2007 after a decade of shadow responsibilities on strategic matters. Now in power, its ‘more of the same’ approach to security and defence promised during the elections is facing new challenges. Some of the key ministers are almost newcomers to the strategic community and they will have to manage a controversial divide between those supporting a return to traditional defence priorities and those in favour of continuing the shift towards a broader security policy. The design of a new strategic policy is a demanding task that requires the definition and ‘operationalising’ of a new agenda. This ARI deals with the key decisions to be adopted by the new Australian Labor Government regarding the orderly withdrawal of Australian ground forces from Iraq in 2008, the production of a new White Paper on Defence –and perhaps National Security as well–, strategic and procurement priorities, the Australia–US relationship and the tensions between Australia’s global and regional roles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seguridad y Defensa
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > DEFENCE POLICY.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > FOREIGN POLICY.
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > COUNTRIES AND REGIONS > AUSTRALIA
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2012 00:05
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2012 00:05
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/1468

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