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Australian Journal of International Affairs
December, 2009

The December issue of Australian Journal of International
Affairs is exemplary in its breadth of topics, aiming to highlight
prominent and pertinent current issues in international affairs.
This issue particularly focuses on the role of the United States
in a rapidly changing international order.

                                 A particular highlight of this issue is William Tow and
  ‘…the need to shift US         Beverley Loke’s ‘Rules of Engagement: America’s Asia-
                                 Pacific Security Policy under an Obama Administration’.
  policy in the region           As President Obama completes the first year of his
  from exercising                presidency, his administration confronts major security
  strategic primacy to           challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. Increasingly, how
  cultivating partnerships the United States fares in the Asia-Pacific will directly
  on the basis of greater        impact on its wider ability to sustain and project global
                                 power and influence. This article contends that while
  equality …’
                                 the Obama administration recognises the need to shift
                                 US policy in the region from exercising strategic
primacy to cultivating partnerships on the basis of greater equality, implementing such a
posture is easier said than done. In particular, the US should explore how a greater
involvement in evolving Asia-Pacific multilateral architectures could enhance its position
there.

Several recent books argue, from very different perspectives, that the United States
should continue to play a leadership role in the international order. John Kane’s review
essay, surveying the future of US foreign policy from the perspective of its past, agrees.
There is simply no other candidate for global hegemony that other nations will trust. The
question is whether, confronting economic challenges, the United States has the
capacity for sustained leadership and, if so, how it should be prudently exercised.

These two articles can be viewed free online for a limited time. Please visit
www.informaworld.com/caji to access

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Established in 1946 (as Australian Outlook) the Australian Journal of International Affairs
(AJIA) is Australia’s leading scholarly journal in this area. The AJIA publishes high
quality scholarly research on international political, social, economic and legal issues,
especially (but not exclusively) within the Asia-Pacific region. The Journal publishes
scholarly articles examining the contemporary developments in Asian states and
societies and their implications for global politics. The journal also publishes research
notes, book reviews and review essays. AJIA is the journal of the Australian Institute of
International Affairs. The Institute was established in 1933 as an independent and non-
political body. Its purpose is to stimulate interest in and the understanding of
international affairs amongst its members and the general public.

AUTHORS
William T. Tow is a professor of international relations in the Department of International
Relations, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. His main
research interests are Asia-Pacific security relations and alliance politics. He is leading
an ANU component of the 'Asia Security Initiative' research project sponsored by the
John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation and is a principal investigator in the
Centre of Excellence for Policing and Security (CEPS) supported by the Australian
Research Council (ARC).

Beverley Loke is a PhD candidate in the Department of International Relations, College
of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. She is also a PhD scholar in the
Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Policing and Security
(CEPS). Her research interests include International Relations theory, ‘great power
responsibility’ and the international relations of the Asia-Pacific.

John Kane is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith
University and Deputy Director of the Griffith’s Research Centre for Governance and
Public Policy. He works in the fields of political theory, political leadership, political
history and public management. He has twice been visiting Professor to the Department
of Political Science at Yale University and has written numerous articles on politics and
political theory in international journals.

ENQUIRIES
For further information please contact the Editor of the AJIA, Associate Professor
Andrew O’Neil, Tel: +61 8 8201 3067 Email: Andrew.Oneil@flinders.edu.au or
t.arklay@griffith.edu.au

				
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