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The 'arc of instability' and Australia's strategic policy

Ayson, Robert


The proposition that Australia faces an 'arc of instability' to its north has been an important feature of the Australian strategic debate in the early twenty-first century. Prompted by worries in the late 1990s over Indonesia's future and East Timor's uncertain path to independence, the 'arc' metaphor also encapsulated growing Australian concerns about the political cohesiveness of Melanesian polities, including Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. While tending to overlook the divergent...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of International Affairs
DOI: 10.1080/10357710701358360


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