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Re-evaluating Australia's 'Cooperative Security' in Cambodia

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Brostrom, JA, Re-evaluating Australia's 'Cooperative Security' in Cambodia, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60, (4) pp. 549-563. ISSN 0004-9522 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 The Author. Copyright 2014 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajph.12075

Abstract

Australia's role in resolving the conflict in Cambodia has been described as a triumph of cooperative security that achieved a balance between principles and pragmatism. The pursuit of cooperative security is a familiar theme in discussions of Australian diplomacy during the 1990s, yet there has been little scholarly consideration of whether this accurately captures the nature of Australian foreign policy at the time. This article explains Australia's conflict resolution role in Cambodia using an alternative, neoclassical realist framework. Specifically I demonstrate that expectations of reciprocity meant that Australia, when negotiating for peace in Cambodia, preferred bilateral over multilateral diplomacy. Secondly, Australia actively sought to lead the Cambodian peace-keeping operation to enhance its regional security credentials. Finally, building closer ties with Vietnam was an important, often overlooked policy outcome. © 2014 School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Political Science
Research Field:International Relations
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International Relations
Objective Field:International Relations not elsewhere classified
Author:Brostrom, JA (Ms Jannika Brostrom)
ID Code:100317
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2015-05-11
Last Modified:2015-08-27
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