Commentary | 17 October 2007

Australia's strategic dilemmas

No matter who wins the 24 November Federal election, the next Australian government will face dilemmas in international policy, especially in defence and security. In this article published in the UK Royal United Services Institute's Newsbrief, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf writes that Australia's improved security capabilities will not enable the country to escape difficult decisions in the years ahead. These relate to questions of force and risk in US-led campaigns, as well as to the mismatch between Australia's interests and capabilities in an uncertain strategic environment.Rory Medcalf

  • Rory Medcalf

No matter who wins the 24 November Federal election, the next Australian government will face dilemmas in international policy, especially in defence and security. In this article published in the UK Royal United Services Institute's Newsbrief, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf writes that Australia's improved security capabilities will not enable the country to escape difficult decisions in the years ahead. These relate to questions of force and risk in US-led campaigns, as well as to the mismatch between Australia's interests and capabilities in an uncertain strategic environment.Rory Medcalf

  • Rory Medcalf