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Our Sphere of Influence
Rivalry in the Pacific
“The uncomfortable reality is that preserving an exclusive sphere of influence in the South Pacific is not going to be possible against a regional power that is far stronger than any we have ever confronted, or even contemplated.” HUGH WHITE
The sixth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines Australia’s struggle to retain influence among its Pacific island neighbours as foreign powers play a greater role and as small nations brace for the impacts of climate change.
Our Sphere of Influence explores the security challenges facing nations in the southern Pacific and whether Australia will need new approaches to secure its relations and interests.
- Hugh White argues that Australia will be unable to keep China out of the Pacific and must urgently renew its defences.
- Jenny Hayward-Jones examines whether Scott Morrison’s Pacific “step-up” can reverse Canberra’s declining diplomatic influence.
- Katerina Teaiwa explores how Australia’s climate change policy undermines ties with its island neighbours.
- Sean Dorney reports from inside the forgotten Australian colony of Papua New Guinea.
- Euan Graham proposes how to address Australia’s knowledge gaps about the Chinese leadership and military.
- Elizabeth Becker reflects on the unique challenges for female foreign correspondents.
PLUS Correspondence on AFA5: Are We Asian Yet? from Clive Hamilton, Barry Li and Linda Jaivin.
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Next IssueAFA7 - October 2019
Australia’s new vulnerability
“There is no Australian future – sunlit or shadowed – in which China will not be central.” ALLAN GYNGELL
The seventh issue of Australian Foreign Affairs explores Australia’s status as the most China-dependent country in the developed world, and the potential risks this poses to its future prosperity and security.
China Dependence examines how Australia should respond to the emerging economic and diplomatic challenges as its trade – for the first time – is heavily reliant on a country that is not a close ally or partner.
- Allan Gyngell calls on Australia to dial back its hysteria as it navigates ties with China.
- Margaret Simons explores whether Australia’s universities are banking unsustainably on Chinese students.
- Richard McGregor considers Australia’s trade dependence on China and the dangers of economic coercion.
- David Uren probes ASIO’s expanding role in monitoring foreign investment and asks if Australia’s fears are trumping opportunities.
- Ben Bohane reports from Bougainville in the lead-up to its historic referendum on independence.
- Melissa Conley Tyler proposes a new funding model to reinvigorate the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- David Kilcullen offers a US perspective on Australia’s defence vulnerabilities and capabilities.
PLUS Correspondence on AFA6: Our Sphere of Influence from Jonathan Pryke, Wesley Morgan, Sandra Tarte and more.