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Andrew Carr

Andrew Carr is a Senior Lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. His publications include work on Australian foreign and strategic policy, defence studies, middle power theory and Asia-Pacific security.

His latest book Winning the Peace: Australia's campaigns to change the Asia-Pacific (MUP, 2015) examines how Australia has tried to influence Asia's security and economic order. He is the co-editor of Asia-Pacific Security: An Introduction (Georgetown University Press 2016) and Australian Foreign Policy: Controversies and Debates (Oxford University Press, 2014). Andrew is also the editor of the Centre of Gravity policy paper series, and a co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Security Challenges.

Dr Carr is a frequent media commentator for both Australian and Southeast Asian press. Andrew previously worked as Associate Editor for the Lowy Institute for International Policy and is a recipient of the Herbert Burton Medal from the University of Canberra


Articles by Andrew Carr (10)

  • Was Abbott right on national security?

    The transformation of Tony Abbott from a social conservative to security commentator has been stark. In his 2009 book Battlelines he offered a bare 4-5 pages of perfunctory defence of the Howard Government's actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • How Australia can campaign to end the death penalty

    While Australians are largely united in their sadness at the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran there is divide over how we should respond. For many, the over-riding sense is one of helplessness. Prominent voices on the left and right have reacted with anger and want to go beyond withdrawing our ambassador to also punish Indonesia by cutting aid.
  • Engagement is over

    Australians sometimes wonder if their nation has a grand strategy. I think it did. It was called 'Engagement' and it has now come to an end. Beginning in the 1950s and 60s and re-doubled in the 1980s and 90s, Australia's leaders began a historic turn of their nation from West to East. For many this is believed to be a still-distant goal.
  • Russia's Pacific sea cruise is not a demonstration of power

    One word that keeps cropping up in the overnight hysteria about the movement of some Russian ships in the South Pacific is 'power'. But it is hard to see how that word applies. Few terms generate more heat and less light in international relations than 'power', but the basic premise is that it involves Actor A behaving in such a way as to get Actor B to do something. But if that is power, then there is nothing to see here.
  • Defence budget 2014: Heavy weights still in the rack

    A favourite analogy of the Australian Treasurer is that the budget he delivered yesterday 'does the heavy lifting'. But like all weights regimes, we're first in for some visualisation and warm ups.  The Treasurer's speech hit the right note by outlining the goal, with the Government recommitting  to spending 2% of GDP on defence within a decade.