Languages of Security in the Asia-Pacific

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English (Australian) – Introduction

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · *Introductions, English (Australian)

by Brendan Taylor, with an introduction by Matthew Hill A survey of the Australian security discourse represents a valuable addition to a broader overview of the languages of security in the Asia-Pacific, both on account of Australia’s active attempts to involve itself in regional security processes, and its unusual status as a young, predominantly European […]

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English (Australian) – Alliance

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Alliance, English (Australian)

Alliance Relates to alliance When used in an Australian context the term ‘alliance’ is generally used to signify more than just the Australia-New Zealand United States (ANZUS) Treaty that formalized Washington’s security guarantees to its Pacific partners. Rather, Australia’s ‘alliance’ with the United States is now perceived as encompassing the entire spectrum of the US-Australia […]

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English (Australian) – Border

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Border, English (Australian)

Border Relates to border The idea of the international ‘border’ is important in the Australian context. It is regarded as absolutely integral to the security of the country. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described the maintenance of Australia’s territorial and border integrity as a clear and enduring security interest during his inaugural National Security Statement to […]

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English (Australian) – Democracy

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Democracy, English (Australian)

Democracy Relates to democracy From an Australian perspective, democracy is generally assumed to correlate positively with security, stability, and peace. With respect to Indonesia, for example, the 2009 Australian Defense White Paper observes that ‘Indonesia’s democratic development therefore continues to be very welcome. The evolution of democracy gives Indonesia a sound foundation for long-term stability […]

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English (Australian) – Engagement

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Engagement, English (Australian)

Engagement Relates to engagement Employment of the term ‘engagement’ in the lexicon and discourse of international relations is typically amorphous and imprecise. Its application in the Australian context is no exception. There is no common understanding or agreement as to what the ‘engagement’ connotes, despite its pervasive and relatively longstanding usage. ‘Engagement’ is generally portrayed […]

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English (Australian) – Middle Power

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Middle Power

Middle Power Relates to middle power In the Australian debate, the term ‘middle power’ is most often associated with Gareth Evans, who was Australian Foreign Minister from 1988-1996. It is a term which suggests that middle powers can exert a degree of influence upon outcomes in international politics. It stresses that such outcomes can be […]

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English (Australian) – National Security

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Security

National Security Relates to security The term ‘national security’ has historically been applied quite narrowly in the Australian context to so-called traditional security challenges wherein distinctly state-based threats potentially requiring a military response are involved. While those more traditional conceptions remain important in the Australian context, that notion of national security has broadened considerably over […]

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English (Australian) – Region

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Region

Region Relates to region The term ‘region’ is invoked frequently in Australian security discourse, but its meaning remains contested and largely unresolved. In many respects this is unremarkable, keeping in mind that regions are inherently political and social constructs.[1] As the Australian scholar Joseph Camilleri has observed ‘regions can be endowed with different meanings and […]

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English (Australian) – Stability

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Stability

Stability Relates to stability The term ‘stability’ when applied in the Australian context is generally assumed to be a positive condition. It carries connotations of predictability and preservation of the status quo. Conversely, ‘instability’ immediately raises suggestions of violence and disorder. A threat to stability is generally associated with dramatic changes in the status quo. […]

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English (Australian) – Terrorism

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Terrorism; terrorist

h3 style=”text-align: justify;”>Terrorism Relates to terrorism ‘Terrorism’ is at once one of the most topical and controversial terms in contemporary threat discourses. A vast literature exists attempting to define the parameters of the threat, as a tactic, in its strategic relationship to political demands, and in the appropriate response of state-actors.[1] Nonetheless, the use of […]

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English (Australian) – Threat

May 27th, 2011 · No Comments · English (Australian), Threat

Threat Relates to threat The idea of a security ‘threat’ lies at the heart of the study of international security; consequently, Australian conceptions of threats are vital to understanding its national security discourse. However, as Barry Buzan et al. have noted, threats do not necessarily have a solid objective reality, but rather can represent perceptions […]

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