Commentary | 21 February 2011

Relying on a great power for defence is foolhardy

In this op-ed, Research Associate Raoul Heinrichs argues that the fall of Singapore in February 1942 should have served as a valuable lesson for Australia in the dangers of outsourcing its defence to another country. However, the extraordinary nature of Australia's deliverance by the United States obscured that lesson, and today, sixty-nine years later, as Asia goes through its next major upheaval, Australia is at risk of making the same mistake again.Canberra Times, 19 February 2011, p. 23Raoul Heinrichs

  • Raoul Heinrichs

In this op-ed, Research Associate Raoul Heinrichs argues that the fall of Singapore in February 1942 should have served as a valuable lesson for Australia in the dangers of outsourcing its defence to another country. However, the extraordinary nature of Australia's deliverance by the United States obscured that lesson, and today, sixty-nine years later, as Asia goes through its next major upheaval, Australia is at risk of making the same mistake again.Canberra Times, 19 February 2011, p. 23Raoul Heinrichs

  • Raoul Heinrichs