The myth of Australia’s ‘strategic policy’

Published on Mar 27, 2020in Australian Journal of International Affairs
· DOI :10.1080/10357718.2020.1744522
Sheryn Lee2
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(Macquarie University),
Sheryn Lee (Macquarie University)
ABSTRACTDoes Australia have a ‘strategic policy’? Australia’s debate has seen an inflation of the use of the term ‘strategic policy’, often used synonymously with ‘defence policy’ and ‘strategic gu...
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