By William M. Carpenter
That includes contributions by means of a individual crew of foreign defense and Asia specialists, this completely revised and up to date version of Asian safety guide specializes in the recent demanding situations to defense within the Asia-Pacific quarter awarded through foreign terrorism. It experiences ''old'' defense realities coated in earlier versions, and highlights more moderen safety matters within the quarter, together with the North Korean chance, guns of mass destruction proliferation, the South China Sea dispute, and the longer term U.S.-China competition. the hot variation has been thoroughly reformatted and restructured. a brand new introductory bankruptcy on terrorism units the degree for the country-by-country profiles and checks of the political-security scenario in twenty-three person international locations. a brand new appendix on overseas Terrorist firms can be incorporated.
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With its 235 million people it also dwarfs the 20 million population AUSTRALIA 39 of Australia. Given the geography of Southeast Asia and Australia, any military threat to Australia would likely have to come from, or go through, the Indonesian archipelago. That said, the War on Terrorism is changing the role of geography as distant globalized networks can be the source of new threats. While Australia has from time to time looked to India and the Indian Ocean, it is the Asia-Pacific that occupies most of its strategic concern.
Howard’s commitment to the American alliance has been reified by combined joint exercises, intelligence sharing, the commitment of Australian forces to United States military operations, and a strong push for a free-trade agreement with the United States. Internal Security Environment Australia is unlike most Asian states in that it is a largely cohesive state that has not experienced significant regional autonomous or secessionist movements. Its population is largely of the same ethnic origin (aborigines account for approximately 1 percent of the population, while Asians account for about 7 percent), and there are no troubling regional differences that might lead to conflict—other than on the rugby field.
Examples of this are its activities in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea as well as most recently in the Solomon Islands. Australia has also taken a more active role in the Pacific Islands Forum by promoting such ideas as establishing a regional police force enabled to act more effectively across the region. Further, Australia has supported island nations through its patrol boat program that helps island states patrol their fisheries resources. Terrorism Threat and Response The strong bonds between Australia and the United States were reaffirmed when Prime Minister Howard evoked the ANZUS treaty and called on Australia to come to the assistance of the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
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