Australian Foreign and Defense Policy in the Wake of the 1999/2000 East Timor Intervention

Australian Foreign and Defense Policy in the Wake of the 1999/2000 East Timor Intervention

Australian Foreign and Defense Policy in the Wake of the 1999/2000 East Timor Intervention

Australian Foreign and Defense Policy in the Wake of the 1999/2000 East Timor Intervention

Synopsis

This book examines key developments leading to the deployment of the International Peacekeeping Force for East Timor and assesses the impact of this intervention on Canberra's future defense, security and foreign policy planning.

Excerpt

In late 1999, Australia committed to the country's most significant external military operation since the Vietnam War-the intervention to stem the violence and bloodshed that was unleashed following East Timor's August 1999 vote to separate from Indonesia. This book addresses the conceptual basis that has largely underscored Australian foreign and defense policy and examines how the intervention in East Timor has had an impact on this paradigmatic framework. It analyzes the implications of the International Peacekeeping Force for East Timor (lNTERFET) for Canberra's future defense and security planning, and assesses what this means for wider United States geostrategic interests.

This book should be of interest to policymakers concerned with defense and security issues in Southeast Asia and the evolving nature of the Australia United States alliance.

The research for this study was funded by a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation as part of its International Security and Foreign Policy Program. This research was conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center (ISDPC) of RAND's National Security Research Division (NSRD). nsrd conducts research and analysis for a broad range of clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense, allied foreign governments, the intelligence community, and foundations.

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