An Introduction to International Relations: Australian by Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George

By Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George

Advent to diplomacy: Australian views presents finished insurance of its topic whereas taking pictures distinctively Australian views and issues. Designed for undergraduate scholars this textbook brings jointly major Australian students to give full of life introductory analyses of the theories, actors, concerns, associations and approaches that animate diplomacy this present day. creation to diplomacy: Australian views introduces scholars to the most theoretical views earlier than protecting an intensive variety of themes with old, functional and normative dimensions.

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At the same time as it promises global interconnectedness and cosmopolitan community, it results in the fracturing of states and the rise of virulent forms of ethno-nationalism and religious fundamentalism (see chapter 26). At the same time as it enables prosperous individuals to travel across the globe, it casts asylum seekers into a precarious ‘frontierland’ (Bauman 1998), sometimes even beyond the safety of international law (see chapter 30). At the same time as it promises prosperity and peace, it also enables transnational terrorists to deploy violence to their own ends (see chapter 27).

Shared concerns about global terrorism; Australia’s commodity boom and growing export-based relationship with China). And there are some larger questions looming for Australian analysts and policy-makers which must be answered with precision if we are to successfully negotiate a future policy path between continuity and change, between old political allies and new economic partners. In particular, questions concerning the possible diminution of Western and US power and influence as the twenty-first century unfolds (Gray 2006; Dibb 2006) are likely to be pertinent.

The unprecedented destructiveness prompted calls for the eradication of war; it was indeed often referred to as the ‘War to End All Wars’. The traumatic experience of the Great War for Europeans was perhaps compounded by the fact that the years preceding it were relatively peaceful and stable, witnessing marked increases in ‘the number of multilateral conferences, institutions, and organizations’ (Reus-Smit 1999: 133). In particular, significant strides were taken regarding the laws of war with the Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907 which seemed to vindicate liberal optimism for international reform.

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