BLUFWhile Southeast Asia has been a foreign policy priority for Australia since the 1940s, Australia still has ample room to grow its engagement with the region.
This article by Melissa Conley Tyler, writing for the University of Melbourne, makes the following points:
- Australia should be more focused on Southeast Asia.
- Still opportunities for Australia in Southeast Asia.
- Australia needs a new vision for its engagement with this region.
- A recent report by the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D) explains why Southeast Asia is crucial for Australia’s security and prosperity.
- Many of Australia’s traditional and non-traditional security threats emanate from or through Southeast Asia.
- If Australia is better engaged with the region, it should benefit from Southeast Asia’s dynamism and growth.
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References from the Web:
- OCT 2021 Australia makes new strategic pact with South-East Asian nations at ASEAN summit—ABC Australia
- FEB 2022 Digital Southeast Asia: opportunities for Australia–India cooperation—ASPI