Security Studies in Australia in the 1990s

IR Working Paper 1994-2

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Pauline Kerr, Andrew Mack

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IR Working Paper 1994/2

Pauline Kerr and Andrew Mack, ‘Security Studies in Australia in the 1990s’, IR Working Paper 1994/2, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, July 1994.

This paper reviews the current status of security studies in Australia. It starts by outlining Australia’s security interests, from the perspectives of the Department of Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian public. Second, it reviews the status of security studies within Australia from a number of standpoints. Third, it looks at various factors which continue to influence the evolution of security studies in Australia, including funding and the relationship of various academic centres with government. And finally, it discusses some criticisms of the mainstream security discourse. The paper is presented as a ‘work-in-progress’ paper. It is intended as a contribution to the ongoing debate about security in Australia.

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