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Author Wallis, Joanne,
Title Pacific power? : Australia's strategy in the Pacific Islands / Joanne Wallis.
Imprint Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Publishing, 2017.

Author Wallis, Joanne,
Subject International relations.
Balance of power.
Australia -- Strategic aspects.
Australia -- Relations -- Pacific Area.
Pacific Area -- Relations -- Australia.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Australia as a Pacific power? -- Part 1. Australia's evolving strategic interests in the Pacific Islands: From colonial concerns to benign neglect -- From constructive commitment to partnership and engagement -- Part 2. The levers of Australian influence: Military intervention -- Defence assistance -- State-building assistance -- Economic tools -- Diplomacy -- Part 3. The limits on Australian influence: The geopolitical landscape -- The evolving regional order -- Conclusion: Pacific partner in an 'arc of opportunity' -- Appendix: List of interviews.
Summary "Australia is much larger and has significantly more military and economic power than its Pacific Island neighbours. As a result, it is frequently described as having a natural right to lead in the region. Yet, Australia has found it difficult to effectively influence Pacific Island states in pursuit of its strategic interests. It provides the definitive account of how, and how effectively, Australia has sought to influence Pacific Island states in pursuit of its strategic interests since 1975, the year that Papua New Guinea, Australia's former colonial territory, gained independence. Informed by interviews with key decision makers, Pacific Power? analyses why Australia has had difficulty exercising influence in the Pacific Islands and identifies how Australia can more effectively influence Pacific Island states in pursuit of its strategic interests, and how Australia can present itself more as a Pacific partner than power"--Publisher's description.
ISBN 0522868231
9780522868234 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 979543391

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