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The thought for this ebook emerged from a talk among Vivian Forbes and Charles Eaton following seminars held within the division of Geography on the collage of Western Australia given by way of Trevor So?eld and Christopher Grif?n greater than ?ve years in the past. One seminar concerned papers from Charles Eaton and Christopher Grif?n at the fresh Speight coup in Fiji; the opposite, given by way of Trevor So?eld, used to be at the Solomon Islands. The seminars have been attended by way of, between others, Dennis Rumley, who on becoming concerned within the dialog, steered the belief of a ebook after which via on its scope, constitution, making plans, and attainable participants. in retrospect now, we owe a different debt of gratitude to Charles Eaton either for his enthusiasm and his principles then, and for his endured aid in the course of the entire undertaking. on the grounds that that point ?ve years in the past, many of us have boarded and feature left the Arc. certainly, the very undertaking itself exhibited a level of instability. now and then, it even regarded as if it may well now not remain a?oat. fortunately, numerous early boarders remained ?rmly anchored. different authors have been co-opted later, a few at really brief discover, one or of them below gentle duress. We expand our heartfelt due to all of those participants for ultimate sufferer, enthusiastic, and maintaining religion with the undertaking. clearly, a venture like this, facing this sort of huge and dynamic area, will continuously be out-of-date.

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Canberra: AGPS. Dibb, P. (1999). Crunch time for defence. Australian Financial Review September 16, 18. Dupont, A. (2001). East Asia imperilled: Transnational challenges to security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Dupont, A. (2003). Transformation or stagnation? Rethinking Australia’s defence. Australian Journal of International Affairs 57 (1), 55–76. Evans, G. & Grant, B. (1995). ). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. Fry, G. ) (1991). Australia’s regional security. North Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

Indonesia took a differing view, arguing that the delimitation should be based on the equidistance principle. Initial negotiations between the two resulted in no satisfactory permanent delimitation of seabed in the Gap, but it did produce a cooperative proposal (Forbes, 1989, pp. 14–18; Forbes, 1991, p. 20). 5 The Establishment of a Zone of Cooperation In reconciling the two countries’ competing claims to seabed jurisdiction in the Timor Sea and other related issues, negotiating teams of legal and technical experts representing Australia and Indonesia were nominated in the early 1980s.

Third, in the post-Cold War period, the geopolitics of Australia’s regional relations have been represented as consisting of four broad “fronts” (Rumley, 1999). Regional security to the north was to be guaranteed regionally via a series of agreements among states and regional stability to the east was to be enhanced through appropriate Australian development assistance. Indeed, during the post-Cold War period, the highest per capita aid allocations have consistently been given by Australia to states in this region, which is the only one in the world to have been regarded as being a part of Australia’s traditional sphere of influence (Rumley, 1999, p.

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