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ABSTRACT. This paper examines the changing geo-political situation in the Asia-Pacific Region from an Australian defense policy perspective. The article focuses on China, the US, and Indonesia and examines Australia’s strategic defense needs for the coming decade. The paper concludes by laying out four strategic defense options for Australia, 1. maintaining the US alliance, 2. going back to “fortress Australia,” 3. towards Asian integrations, and 4. the “New Zealand” option. pp. 130–147

Keywords: Australia; defense policy; China; United States; Indonesia; strategic competition; Asian integration

How to cite: Hunter, Murray (2014), “Asia-Pacific at the Crossroads – Implications for Australian Strategic Defense Policy,” Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice 6(2): 130–147.

MURRAY HUNTER
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University Malaysia Perlis

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