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What Uncle Sam Wants

U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives in Australia and Beyond

  • Offers an original analysis of the United States Embassy's diplomatic cables, made public by the anti-secrecy group, WikiLeaks

  • Provides necessary context and explanations necessary for readers to understand how the U.S. Embassy’s objectives in Australia and the wider world have evolved

  • Considers the close historical link between the U.S. and Australia in light of key international events

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 1-6
  3. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 7-18
  4. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 37-56
  5. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 57-75
  6. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 77-102
  7. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 103-119
  8. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 121-129
  9. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 131-139
  10. Clinton Fernandes
    Pages 141-144
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 145-146

About this book

Introduction

This pivot sheds light on U.S. foreign policy objectives by examining diplomatic cables produced by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Australia, some which have been officially declassified over the past 30 years and others which were made public by the anti-secrecy group, WikiLeaks. Providing an original analysis of the cables, this book provides the context and explanations necessary for readers to understand how the U.S. Embassy’s objectives in Australia and the wider world have evolved since the 1980's. It shows that Australian policymakers work closely with their American counterparts, aligning Australian foreign policy to suit American preferences. It examines a range of U.S. government priorities, from strategic goals, commercial objectives, public diplomacy, financial sanctions against terrorism, and diplomatic actions related to climate change, looking back at key events in the relationship such as sanctions against Iraq, the 2008 Global Financial crisis, intellectual property protection and the rise of China.

Keywords

Media and US-Australia Relations Intellectual Property and the Rise of China Patents and IP Protection Wikileaks and the History of US-Australia Relations Cablegate and Wikileaks History of US Foreign Policy Australian Foreign Policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesCanberraAustralia

About the authors

Clinton Fernandes is Professor of International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is a former Australian Army officer who served in the Australian Intelligence Corps. His research focus is on “Securing Australia’s place in a changing world.”

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“This is a welcome book. It sums up some important evidence about American diplomacy in general and the ANZUS treaty in particular.” (Allan Patience, Australasian Journal of American Studies, Vol. 38 (2), 2019)