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Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific
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Australian Foreign Policy in Asia

Middle Power or Awkward Partner?

Authors: Patience, Allan

  • Reconceptualises Australia's 'middle power' status
  • Discusses the history of the 'middle power' concept
  • Proposes a future for Australia's relations with the Asia-Pacific
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This book sets out to discuss what kind of ‘middle power’ Australia is, and whether its identity as a middle power negatively influences its relationship with Asia. It looks at the history of the middle power concept, develops three concepts of middle power status and examines Australia’s relationships with China, Japan and Indonesia as a focus. It argues that Australia is an ‘awkward partner’ in its relations with Asia due to both its historical colonial and discriminatory past, as well its current dependence upon the United States for a security alliance. It argues this should be changed by adopting a new middle power concept in Australian foreign policy.

About the authors

Allan Patience is a Principal Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has held chairs in political science and Asian studies in Australia and Japan and visiting academic appointments in China, Taiwan, Burma, and Papua New Guinea.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Liminal Australia in Asia

    Pages 1-16

    Patience, Allan

  • Middle Powers and Awkward Partners

    Pages 17-50

    Patience, Allan

  • Australia’s Middle Power Imagining

    Pages 51-88

    Patience, Allan

  • To Be or Not to Be in Asia?

    Pages 89-136

    Patience, Allan

  • Japan: ‘Australia’s Best Friend in Asia’?

    Pages 137-181

    Patience, Allan

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Hardcover $179.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Australian Foreign Policy in Asia
Book Subtitle
Middle Power or Awkward Partner?
Authors
Series Title
Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69347-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69347-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69346-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88759-3
Series ISSN
2662-222X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 322
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