David Brophy reviews 'Island Off the Coast of Asia: Instruments of statecraft in Australian foreign policy' by Clinton Fernandes

David Brophy reviews 'Island Off the Coast of Asia: Instruments of statecraft in Australian foreign policy' by Clinton Fernandes

Island Off the Coast of Asia

by Instruments of statecraft in Australian foreign policy

Monash University Publishing, $29.95 pb, 237 pp, 9781925523799

Marise Payne’s recent speech to the United Nations General Assembly touted Australia’s support for ‘rules’ and ‘international law’ in creating a global order that works ‘for the benefit of all nations and people’. But are these really the guiding principles of Australian foreign policy? Clinton Fernandes’s new book gives us reasons to be sceptical.

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David Brophy

David Brophy

David Brophy studies the social and political history of China’s northwest, particularly the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and its connections with the Islamic and Russian/Soviet worlds. After finishing his PhD in 2011, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, at the Australian National University, before coming to the University of Sydney in 2013. His first book, Uyghur Nation (2016), is on the politics of Uyghur nationalism between China and the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century. He currently hold an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship, for a project entitled 'Empire and Religion in Early Modern Inner Asia', in which am exploring Inner Asian perspectives on the rise of the Qing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Published in November 2018, no. 406

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