Independent Ally

Australia in an Age of Power Transition

Shannon Tow
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Independent Ally

Published

20 March 2017

ISBN

9780522869668

Weight

576g

Size

216mm x 142mm

Imprint

MUP Academic

Independent Ally

Australia in an Age of Power Transition

Shannon Tow
Will regional powers in the Asia-Pacific have to choose between China and the United States? In Independent Ally, Shannon Tow challenges this prevailing view. She explores how one key regional power, Australia, has repeatedly developed a strong relationship with a rising power while simultaneously preserving its alliance with a dominant global power.

Far from being a 'dependent ally' that simply follows the policies of its great and powerful friends, Australia has consistently developed and pursued an independent foreign policy toward those great powers that have played an important role in shaping its destiny. It has proactively negotiated the terms of its relationships with those powers in ways that have been mutually complementary and that have supported its strategic interests in regional order. The extent to which Australia can do so in future relates directly to the findings and lessons this study provides.

Drawing on newly released archival material and…
Will regional powers in the Asia-Pacific have to choose between China and the United States? In Independent Ally, Shannon Tow challenges this prevailing view. She explores how one key regional power, Australia, has repeatedly developed a strong relationship with a rising power while simultaneously preserving its alliance with a dominant global power.

Far from being a 'dependent ally' that simply follows the policies of its great and powerful friends, Australia has consistently developed and pursued an independent foreign policy toward those great powers that have played an important role in shaping its destiny. It has proactively negotiated the terms of its relationships with those powers in ways that have been mutually complementary and that have supported its strategic interests in regional order. The extent to which Australia can do so in future relates directly to the findings and lessons this study provides.

Drawing on newly released archival material and interviews with prominent former policymakers, this book examines how six different Australian Prime Ministers successfully navigated these great power relationships over the last century.

About the author

Shannon Tow

Shannon Tow is a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. She has authored several works on Australian foreign policy, the Australian-US alliance, and the international relations of Southeast Asia. Her work has featured in leading international relations academic journals.

About Shannon Tow

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