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Did Obama have a grand strategy?
Did Obama have a grand strategy?

Did Obama have a grand strategy?

Author(s): Clarke, M. Ricketts A.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

While campaigning for President in 2008, Barack Obama proposed a new direction in American strategy that would reverse the erroneous foreign policy choices of his predecessor, President George W. Bush. Senator Obama designed a strategy to ostensibly rewrite the United States’ relationship with the...

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Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?
Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?

Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?

Author(s): Clarke, M.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

President Xi Jinping’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” strategy has magnified Chinese concern for the security of its long restive northwestern province, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Xinjiang, as Owen Lattimore argued, throughout much of recorded history constituted (along with...

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The U.S.-Australia Alliance in an Era of Change: Living Complacently?
The U.S.-Australia Alliance in an Era of Change: Living Complacently?

The U.S.-Australia Alliance in an Era of Change: Living Complacently?

Author(s): Clarke, M.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

U.S. primacy is both a strategic choice and an empirical condition, and thus analysis regarding the future of U.S. primacy should focus on both ideational (i.e., policy choices) and material variables (i.e., relativities of power).1 We are now witnessing significant shifts in the realms of U.S....

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US Grand Strategy and National Security: The Dilemmas of Primacy, Decline and Denial

Author(s): Clarke, M, Ricketts, A
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

The foreign policy crises that the USA has confronted under the administration of President Barack Obama have generated profound uncertainty about whether the USA can maintain what has been its consistent grand strategy since the end of the Cold War: primacy. The authors argue, drawing on a...

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"Denial in Australian Strategic Thought"

Author(s): Cohen, M, Lockyer, A
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

Although denial has been at the centre of Australian strategic thought for decades, it has frequently been used as a broad catch-all term. This article shows, however, that there are two distinct denial traditions in Australian strategic thought: anti-access denial and area denial. Despite the...

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The Impact of Ethnic Minorities on China’s Foreign Policy: The Case of Xinjiang and the Uyghur

Author(s): Clarke, M
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

This article argues, through a case study of the evolving impact of the Xinjiang and Uyghur issue, that the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) ethnic minorities have been a significant factor in Beijing’s foreign relations throughout its history. Since the end of the Cold War in particular, China’s...

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The Evolution of Southeast Asian Regionalism: Foreign Power Support for Regional Initiatives, 1947-77

Author(s): Thompson, S
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

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Donald Trump and the Traditions of American Foreign Policy: The Return of the Jacksonian Tradition

Author(s): Clarke, M, Ricketts, A
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

This article examines the wellsprings of Donald Trump’s nascent foreign policy program. It argues that the locus of the Republican president’s foreign policy agenda is found within the Jacksonian tradition of American foreign policy identified by Walter Russell Mead. Here, notions of “national...

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Shielding the Republic: Barack Obama and the Jeffersonian Tradition of American Foreign Policy

Author(s): Clarke, M, Ricketts, A
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has confounded critics from both the left and right in American politics. This analysis argues that this is because Obama’s foreign policy exhibits affinities with the least prominent of the four traditions of American foreign policy identified by Walter...

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The Belt and Road Initiative: China’s New Grand Strategy?

Author(s): Clarke, M
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

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