Australia in Southeast Asia

Regionalisation and Democracy

by Erik Paul

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  • Pages: 128 pp.
  • Series number: 37
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Australia’s place in the global economy is more than ever linked to Southeast Asia. Recent conflicts highlight a clash between countries that do not share common values about individuals political and civil rights as the legitimate basis for their sovereignty.

Australia’s place in the global economy is more than ever linked to Southeast Asia. The relationship has become more complex because of the eurasianization of the Australian continent and increased conflict between the two areas. Australian-bashing by Southeast Asian regimes has become common, much of this sparked by criticism by important segments of Australia's civil society of abuse of human rights in Southeast Asia. Australia's response has been subdued and apologetic.

Conflicts with Southeast Asia highlights a clash between countries who do not share common values about individuals' political and civil rights. Changes in the role of the Australian state and its response to Asia question the sustainability of Australia's open society.

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Erik Paul is Vice President of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney.  Here, he is also associated with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and is both a researcher and lecturer. 

Erik Paul is Vice President of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney.  Here, he is also associated with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and is both a researcher and lecturer. 

His BA and MA were received from the University of Minnesota, and hold a Ph. D. from UC Berkeley.  Paul specialises in Australian relations with the Asia-Pacific and issues of peace and conflict.

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