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‘World enough and time …’: the strategic dialectic

February 1, 2018
By Mike Scrafton

Strategic relations exhibit a sort of dialectic. Australia scans for regional developments that might affect its security, and regional nations assess Australia’s responses to its strategic environment and respond in accord with their own interests. We can assume that China will pay close attention to any substantive changes in Australia’s defence policy, and respond. And some significant changes are being discussed. The growing strength of China and the putative decline in US power have engendered a spirited discussion of what Australia’s defence policy response should be.
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