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Crisis policymaking: Australia and the East Timor crisis of 1999

Crisis policymaking: Australia and the East Timor crisis of 1999

Connery, David

"East Timor's violent transition to independence, which began early in 1999, presented the Australian Government with a significant foreign policy crisis. This crisis was not sudden, totally unexpected or ultimately threatening to Australia's survival. But the crisis consumed the attention of Australian leaders, saw significant national and international resources employed, and led to the largest operational deployment for the Australian Defence Force since the Vietnam War. This crisis also created a significant rupture in the hitherto carefully-managed relationships between Australia and its important neighbor, Indonesia. The events of September 1999 ultimately led to the birth of a new nation and the deaths of many people who might have otherwise expected to enjoy that independence. In this major study, David Connery examines how the Australian Government--at the political and bureaucratic levels--developed and managed national security policy in the face of this crisis. The events, and the policymaking processes that both led and followed, are reconstructed using sixty interviews with key participants. This study identifies certain characteristics of crisis policymaking in Australia that include a dominant executive, secrecy, external actors and complexity."--Publisher's description

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Published Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press 2010

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Statement of responsibility: David Connery
ISBN: 1921666579, 9781921666575
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 volume).
Series: Canberra papers on strategy and defence ; no. 176
Subject: Diplomatic relations.; Australia.; Politics and government; POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International); Australia Foreign relations Timor-Leste.; Timor-Leste.; Timor-Leste Foreign relations Australia.; Australia Politics and government.
Series Title: Canberra papers on strategy and defence ; no. 176.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Australian Policymaking and the East Timor Crisis
  2. A Brief Outline of the East Timor Crisis: The View from Canberra
  3. Initiating the Policy Cycle
  4. Bringing Policy Advice Together
  5. Decision and Beyond
  6. Conclusion: East Timor and the Characteristics of Crisis Policymaking.