By Dennis Rumley
The suggestion for this ebook emerged from a talk among Vivian Forbes and Charles Eaton following seminars held within the division of Geography on the collage of Western Australia given through Trevor So?eld and Christopher Grif?n greater than ?ve years in the past. One seminar concerned papers from Charles Eaton and Christopher Grif?n at the fresh Speight coup in Fiji; the opposite, given by way of Trevor So?eld, used to be at the Solomon Islands. The seminars have been attended through, between others, Dennis Rumley, who on getting concerned within the dialog, recommended the belief of a booklet after which via on its scope, constitution, making plans, and attainable members. on reflection now, we owe a unique debt of gratitude to Charles Eaton either for his enthusiasm and his principles then, and for his endured aid through the entire undertaking. in view that that point ?ve years in the past, many folks have boarded and feature left the Arc. certainly, the very undertaking itself exhibited a level of instability. from time to time, it even seemed as if it could actually now not remain a?oat. fortunately, a number of early boarders remained ?rmly anchored. different authors have been co-opted later, a few at really brief realize, one or of them below light duress. We expand our heartfelt because of all of those participants for closing sufferer, enthusiastic, and preserving religion with the venture. certainly, a venture like this, facing the sort of huge and dynamic area, will constantly be out-of-date.
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In the Australian regional case, over the past several decades, its current “arc of instability” has been geopolitically characterized in various ways. For example, during the Cold War period, some geopolitical analysts referred to the region to Australia’s immediate north as a “shatterbelt” – that is, a region characterized by considerable internal fragmentation, which, to a degree, was exacerbated by external great power competition (Cohen, 1964). Others represented the region as a “cultural shatterbelt” as a result of a complex process of interaction among local ethnic groups, early culture impacts, primary religions, European inﬂuence, and Indian and Chinese settlement (Spencer and Thomas, 1971).
Australia’s Arc of Instability: The Political and Cultural Dynamics of Regional Security by Dennis Rumley