Security and prosperity are priorities for all governments. This topic examines how Australian governments have endeavoured to create and implement policies to deliver on these two priorities through their international policies. In doing so it analyses Australia's role in war and peace, its Anglo history and Asia Pacific geography, its alliances, the re-emergence of China, cyber security and international concern. In broad outline it centres on the foreign policies of Australian governments and oppositions since World War 2, emphasising the relationship between domestic and international factors in policy formation.
Australian Foreign Policy also incorporates the involvement of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Defence officials, former foreign policy decision makers and the Careers Employer Liaison Centre in two hypothetical seminars.
This topic aims to:
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