New PDF release: Australian Foreign and Defense Policy in the Wake of the

By Peter Chalk

ISBN-10: 0833030442

ISBN-13: 9780833030443

This booklet examines key advancements resulting in the deployment of the overseas Peacekeeping strength for East Timor and assesses the influence of this intervention on Canberra's destiny protection, safeguard and overseas coverage making plans.

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254). In the face of growing Indonesian hostility and increasingly overt support for Apodeti, the two main independence parties—UDT and Fretilin—banded together in early 1975, announcing an unequivocal platform of total independence, rejection of integration, and repudiation of colonialism to be tested in popular elections by November 1976 (Schwarz, 1994, pp. 201–202). The coalition, however, was short-lived due to mistrust and suspicion on both sides: Fretilin doubted the UDT’s commitment to total independence while UDT conservatives, especially landowners, were uncomfortable with Fretilin’s increasingly radical socialist rhetoric.

Dollars) (McDougall, 1998, p. 206; Hill, 1994, p. 57). Suharto quickly turned to Australia (and the West in general) for economic assistance, which Canberra was keen to grant as a way of promoting recovery and, thereby, boosting political stability. By 1970, overall aid stood at $15 million Australian (compared with an average of only $1 million Australian per annum while Sukarno was in power)—a sum that was superseded only by the financial assistance to Papua New Guinea. Australia also emerged as a leading participant in the Inter-Governmental Group on Indonesia (IGGI), a multilateral assistance consortium composed of Western countries that was ______________ 3 It was widely portrayed throughout Indonesia that the coup was instigated at the behest of the PKI, which fed into a mass killing spree of Communists and their suspected sympathizers.

This announcement not only provided an opening for the more activist agenda that Downer was beginning to push at the time, it also essentially presented the Australian government with a fait accompli that simply could not be ignored. In this sense, it has been suggested Canberra was simply reacting to events in Jakarta itself rather than striking out on a fundamentally different and radical East Timor policy of its own making (Australian government officials, 2000). 42 Australian Foreign and Defense Policy in the Wake of the 1999/2000 East Timor Intervention It was the increasingly turbulent situation that followed the August 1999 East Timor popular consultation, however, that provided the most pressing rationale for direct intervention.

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