Australian Policy and the Global Terrorism Threat Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at how Australia should approach the threat of global terrorism.
# 150529 | 1,600 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 29, 2012 in International Relations (Non-U.S.) , Political Science (Terrorism)

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This paper presents a policy statement for the Australian Prime Minister regarding the global war on terrorism and Australia's place in it. First, the paper describes Australia's role in the the Asia Pacific as one of the leading economic and political forces in the region, as well as being a strong democracy and key ally to the United States. Then, the paper analyzes legislation in Australia regarding terrorism, such as former Prime Minister John Howard's Australian Anti-Terrorism Act. The paper further notes how these policies are in line with those of the US. Next, the paper addresses how Australia should handle internal terrorism in the nation. It also critiques how some Australian's consider Australian Muslims as a homogeneous monolith with an underlying implication that Islam, is secular resistant and at odds with the values of the liberal democratic state. Despite this, the paper cites Australia's proximity to South Asian nations with Muslim majorities. The paper concludes by recommending that Australia must function as a continued partner to the U.S. but also as a voice of conscience with respect to the discretionary use of military force or diplomatic finesse.


Summary of the Topic
Recommendations, Rationale and Action
Issue Background and Implications

From the Paper:

"Australia is a key player in the Asia Pacific region. As one of the leading economic and political forces in a region dominated by developing Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations, it is both a key ally to democracies such as the United States and is a pace-setter for affairs in its sphere. For these reasons, it has come to play a major role in the War On Terror, stimulated by its vulnerability to the threats fulminated in its region and by its close diplomatic ties to the United States. As its interests have become more entwined with those of the United States and its terror allies, the terror issue has become increasingly pressing to policy-makers and public officials.
"Though the government of Australia under the leadership of Kevin Rudd has shifted our policy orientation somewhat to the left, the relationship between Australia and the United States is one of extreme political and economic importance to Australians. Political processes aside, the current outlook for national security..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aly, A. (2007). Australian Muslim Responses to the Discourse on Terrorism in the Australian Popular Media. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42(1).
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP). (2009). Fighting Terrorism in Australia.
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  • BBC News. (2006). Australian Loses Terrorism Appeal. BBC News.
  • Brown, M. (2009). Al-Shabaab terrorists 'living in Australia.' ABC News. Online at

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