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January 16, 2004

I'm still very very busy painting and cleaning up the electronic cottage. In the meantime we have:

It is the other side of the Menzies tradition in foreign policy, which Owen Harris has characterised as being:

"...sceptical of most international institutions, including the UN, which it believes should be seen not as an alternative to power politics, but as power politics with a different facade, a different way for sovereign states to play essentially the same game. The Security Council is in reality no more than a kind of permanent conference of the great powers, where important and contentious issues can be discussed. Every member votes according to how it sees its interests. It reflects the realities of international politics, but it does not and cannot change them significantly."

Conservative realism is all about power politics in a Hobbesian world and Australia striding across the world stage flexing its muscle and laying down the law and order.

More here. The changes are noted here. The two foreign policy traditions are noted here.

Owen Harris takes the debate further with his three different traditions of conservative realist, internationalist and regionalist.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:19 AM | | Comments (0)