Policy Briefs | 22 May 2008

Why the Gulf matters: crafting an Australian security policy for the Gulf

The imminent withdrawal of Australian combat forces from Iraq does not mean that the Arabian Gulf is peripheral to Australia's strategic interests. 

Rodger Shanahan

  • Rodger Shanahan

The imminent withdrawal of Australian combat forces from Iraq does not mean that the Arabian Gulf is peripheral to Australia's strategic interests. 

Rodger Shanahan

  • Rodger Shanahan
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Executive Summary

Australian forces have been deployed there regularly over the past 20 years, and Australia's and its main trading partners' energy requirements will increasingly be met from that region. In this new Lowy Institute Policy Brief, Chief of Army Visiting Fellow Rodger Shanahan argues that Australia has permanent interests in the region and advocates the establishment of a strategic partnership with the United Arab Emirates.

Download the Policy Brief here.