Reinvigorating a resourceful partnership : Japan, Australia and the promise of security communities

Weeks, Donna. (2003). Reinvigorating a resourceful partnership : Japan, Australia and the promise of security communities PhD Thesis, School of Political Science & International Studies, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Weeks, Donna.
Thesis Title Reinvigorating a resourceful partnership : Japan, Australia and the promise of security communities
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science & International Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2003-01-01
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Total pages 353
Language eng
Subjects 360000 Policy and Political Science
360100 Political Science
Formatted abstract
This thesis is an exploration of the contemporary security debate in the discipline of International Relations as it has evolved since the early 1990s. It posits the view that the relationship between Japan and Australia—so long considered an archetype of 'trade complementarity'—in fact represents an exemplar of the promise of the modem security community. In doing so, it broadens the bilateral and regional potential of the relationship. The thesis argues that:

• understanding how 'resources' became a critical referent in Japan's outlook is significant for interpreting its post-World War Two security identity;

• this notion of 'resources'—both their scarcity and their procurement—has become a mutually constitutive norm in the development of the Japan-Australia relationship; and

• recognition of these particular conditions gives rise to identifying the postulates of a modem security community, thus presenting policymakers on both sides with the opportunity to broaden the relationship beyond its predominantly liberal-institutionalist parameters.

Utilising a comprehensive range of Japanese language sources, (most of which are translated into English here for the first time), the thesis demonstrates that the combination of Australia's wealth of resources and its geopolitical position within the Asia-Pacific region has, over a period of thirty years or more, constituted for Japan an ideal partner for the promotion of a Pacific Community concept. The conclusion, based on the evidence recast in a contemporary security community framework as articulated by Emanuel Adler and Michael Bamett (1998), finds that the relationship between the two states largely conforms to the security community concept and adds to the research program by suggesting that the mutually constituted security norms are uniquely underpinned by shared commonality of the United States security umbrella (namely, the Japan-US Security Treaty and ANZUS).
Keyword Security, International -- Pacific Area
Japan -- Foreign relations -- Australia
Australia -- Foreign relations -- Japan

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