Australia on the World Stage

 

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I don't often get a chance to discuss Australia, an important but often overlooked (from the American perspective) continent-sized country that serves as America's greatest ally in the Asia-Pacific region. As an alternative to an article I cited in the forum early in 2015, here is an Australian perspective.  The Executive Director of the Lowy Insitute (an Australian think tank), Michael Fullilove, gave a series of lectures based on his book A Larger Australia which attempt to address the question of how Australia's foreign policy should adapt itself to the changes sweeping over the world.  The audio and transcripts for the lectures are available online courtesy of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  I would like to highlight several exerpts from the lecture series, which can serve as an important template for examining Australia's role in the world.