Journal Articles | 03 September 2007

Beyond the Paramount Area

In this paper for a pre-election edition of the Kokoda Foundation journal Security Challenges, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf outlines some of the possible difficult decisions ahead for Australian security policy in regions beyond the neighbourhood. 

Rory Medcalf

  • Rory Medcalf

In this paper for a pre-election edition of the Kokoda Foundation journal Security Challenges, International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf outlines some of the possible difficult decisions ahead for Australian security policy in regions beyond the neighbourhood. 

Rory Medcalf

  • Rory Medcalf
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Executive Summary

With limited defence resources, and potentially unbounded global interests, Australia will need to weigh relativities of risk and translate them into deployment decisions. Australian governments have more discretion that they publicly acknowledge in deciding where and how to use the Australian Defence Force. But alliance expectations will weigh heavily in both regions most linked to Australia's global interests, Northeast Asia and West Asia.