Winning the Peace

Australia's Campaign to Change the Asia-Pacific

Andrew Carr
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Winning the Peace

Published

5 January 2015

ISBN

9780522867725

Weight

422g

Size

205mm x 136mm

Imprint

MUP Academic

Winning the Peace

Australia's Campaign to Change the Asia-Pacific

Andrew Carr
Winning the Peace explores how Australian governments have engaged with Asia over the last thirty years, attempting to use their defence and foreign policies to shape the region.
While there were times of tension during this period—such as the spikes around the end of the Cold War and during the early years of the War on Terror—the Asian region has been largely defined by peace. Because of this peace and thanks to Australia's relative size as a middle power, governments' attempts to change how other states act and think has not been through the use of force but by military and diplomatic engagement and persuasion.
Australia's smaller size has also meant it has had to be strategic in its efforts: to determine which changes were priorities, to reorganise and develop resources, to deploy those resources effectively and efficiently, and to sustain its efforts in the face of competition and rejection…
Winning the Peace explores how Australian governments have engaged with Asia over the last thirty years, attempting to use their defence and foreign policies to shape the region.
While there were times of tension during this period—such as the spikes around the end of the Cold War and during the early years of the War on Terror—the Asian region has been largely defined by peace. Because of this peace and thanks to Australia's relative size as a middle power, governments' attempts to change how other states act and think has not been through the use of force but by military and diplomatic engagement and persuasion.
Australia's smaller size has also meant it has had to be strategic in its efforts: to determine which changes were priorities, to reorganise and develop resources, to deploy those resources effectively and efficiently, and to sustain its efforts in the face of competition and rejection.
Winning the Peace focuses on the three main 'campaigns' Australian governments have undertaken since the early 1980s to reshape the Asia-Pacific region in the national interest.

This book sets out to critically examine the claims of policy makers and scholars that middle powers can influence the norms of the regional and international system.”
Andrew Carr

About the author

Andrew Carr

Andrew Carr is a research fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. He has published in leading Australian journals and has edited a textbook on Australian foreign policy. He is editor of the policy-oriented Centre of Gravity series, a managing editor of the peer reviewed journal Security Challenges, and a former assistant editor of The Interpreter blog for the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He has had articles published with The Canberra Times, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and The Herald Sun, as well as being interviewed on radio and TV including with SBS, Sky News, ABC Radio National, ABC News 24, Fairfax's Breaking Politics, Wire Radio and Hack on Triple J.

About Andrew Carr

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