Can Australia Have an Independent Foreign Policy within the U.S. Alliance? Persuasive Essay by scribbler

Can Australia Have an Independent Foreign Policy within the U.S. Alliance?
A review of the arguments in support of an Australian foreign policy that is less closely aligned with that of the United States.
# 152794 | 1,276 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper looks at the close relationship between Australia and the United States over the years and discusses the common heritage and language, a mutual defense treaty and free trade agreement and the more recent partnership in the "war on terror". The paper calls for a reevaluation of Australia's close alignment with American foreign policy and argues that it would definitely benefit Australia and it would likely be beneficial to the United States as well by compelling its leadership to rethink its current approaches to prosecuting war as a first choice. The paper concludes that not only can Australia have an independent foreign policy within the U.S. alliance, it would be in the best interests of both countries to do so.

Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"In a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd cited the lengthy history of cooperative and bilateral interactions with the United States that have characterized the relationship between the two countries for more than a century. In fact, Americans troops first served in World War I under the command of an Australian general, and when World War II threatened Australia with invasion by the Japanese, the United States was the country Australia turned to rather than the United Kingdom for support. In this regard, Rudd emphasized that, "When Australia faced the real threat of foreign invasion, in the words of our Prime Minister John Curtin, Australia looked 'to America, free of any pangs as to our traditional links or kinship with the United Kingdom'" (2008:2).
"Since the mid-20th century, though, a number of events have taken place that have created a new environment in which this close relationship, although still sound, has been called into question. According to Edwards, "The early years of the twenty-first century have seen major developments in the history of the Australian-American alliance. In the years [following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001], Australia aligned itself closely with the administration of President George W. Bush in the 'war on terror,' including commitments of forces to both Afghanistan and Iraq" (2005:451)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beeson, M. 2003 "Australia's relationship with the United States: the case for greater independence." Australian Journal of Political Science 38(3): 387-405.
  • Edwards, P. 2005 "The Liberals as Managers of the Australian-American Alliance." The Australian Journal of Politics and History 51(3): 451-452.
  • Firth, S. 2005 Australia in International Politics: An Introduction to Australian Foreign Policy. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
  • Gyngell, A. & Wesley, M. 2003 Making Australian Foreign Policy. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
  • Tow, B. 2003 "Documents on Australian Foreign Policy: The ANZUS Treaty 1951." The Australian Journal of Politics and History 49(3): 455-456.

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