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Title: The Region in Review: International Issues and Events, 2003
Contributor(s): Von Strokirch, KH (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2004
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Abstract: This year's review focuses on Australian policy toward the Pacific Islands, as there were important developments concerning Canberra's role in regional security and in the Pacific Islands Forum. Because Australia is the region's primary aid donor and leads in setting the political agenda, shifts in its national policy warrant careful consideration. In 2003 Australian Prime Minister John Howard took unprecedented interest in the region. He became much more assertive in pursuing Australia's agenda for the microstates, notably with regard to intervening in Solomon Islands, advocating good governance, and taking measures against terrorism. This review explores the shifts in rhetoric, policy, and processes, and weighs their impact for Australia's relations with the region. To establish the context for policy shifts, it is useful to begin by examining a recent, wide-ranging, and timely report on relations with the region by an Australian Senate committee.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs, 16(2), p. 370-381
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Place of Publication: USA
ISSN: 1043-898X
Field of Research (FOR): 160607 International Relations
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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