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Australian Defence Policy For the 1980s
Australian Defence Policy For the 1980s
Edited by Robert O'Neill and D. M. Horner
University of Queensland Press, 1983, 308 pp.

This collection of essays brings together a number of prominent Australian academics and strategic thinkers for an examination of the ANZUS alliance and Australia's defense options in the 1980s. Coral Bell makes a strong case for the ANZUS alliance "as a 'signal' both from the United States and from the local powers concerned . . . that this is not going to be an area of 'low-cost low-risk opportunities'." The breaking up of the alliance, as advocated by Australian neutralists, would be disastrously counterproductive, she warns. "It would be analagous to the attempted flight into neutrality of many of the small powers of Eastern Europe in the late 1930s."