Australian Foreign and Defense Policy in the Wake of the by Peter Chalk

By Peter Chalk

In overdue 1999, Australia undertook its most vital exterior militaryoperations because the Vietnam War--the intervention to stem the violence andbloodshed following East Timor_s August 1999 vote to split fromIndonesia. This publication examines key advancements resulting in the deployment ofthe overseas Peacekeeping strength for East Timor (INTERFET) and assessesthe influence of this intervention on Canberra_s destiny protection, defense, andforeign coverage making plans. the writer reveals that destiny Australian-Indonesianrelations are not likely to convey the cordiality of major Minister PaulKeating_s period, yet will in its place be guided by way of a more-businesslike and frankstyle of engagement. the writer additionally unearths that the 2000 Defence WhitePaper, which was once issued within the aftermath of the INTERFET intervention toprovide a long term plan for restructuring Australia_s defense force forrapid deployments to components of local unrest, is either ambiguous andopen-ended. A safeguard evaluate just like the white paper may bring about aresource-deprived strength constitution, give a contribution to a a bit of confusedSoutheast Asian coverage, and generate unfounded expectancies of whatAustralia is ready and keen to do when it comes to its alliance commitmentswith the USA and linked contributions to coalition warfare.

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