Title Australia: The Asia Connection
Binding Glossy Soft Cover
Book Condition Good
Edition 1st Edition
Publisher Australia Kibble Books 1978
0908150016 / 9780908150014
Seller ID 052580
140 pages. Documents the way in which the Labor government, led by Mr. Whitlam, acted as the renovator of Australia’s external policies. He, argues that in the years between 1972 and 1975, Australia moved away from a relationship of total dependence upon and compliance with the policies of the United States and towards a role of more self-active participation in the setting of her foreign policy objectives. Within the terms of a grand design Australia began to develop a new pattern of interrelationships with nations of the Pacific region. The book represents a departure from the traditional mode of discussion of Australian foreign policy. It was characteristics of this mode to concentrate on political events and diplomatic moves, to be pre-occupied with the highly visible and surface aspects of Australia’s position in relation to the Great Powers and to ignore the deeper processes at work. By contrast, the author’s "mode of analysis is to identify the transformations of underlying conditions. By concentrating on the circumstances associated with the elaboration of the Nixon Doctrine he is able to demonstrate how the need for a redefinition of its approach to foreign policy and for a rationalization of its procedures was borne in upon the Whitlam government.