Can Australia maintain its traditional security and political relationship with the United States as it becomes more economically dependent on China?

Write a 2,000 word Research Essay. This is a Australia-centric research essay and looks at australias foreign policy. You are too choose one topic out of the four and base the research essay on that.

1. How has Australia’s self‐identity as a European state situated at the edge of the Asia Pacific region influenced its foreign relations policy?
2. Australia as a middle power sometimes claims to be ‘punching above its weight’. Discuss the implications of this view for any aspect of Australian foreign policy.
3. Can Australia maintain its traditional security and political relationship with the United States as it becomes more economically dependent on China?
4. Should Australia pursue a more independent foreign policy? How independent can Australia’s foreign policy be?
As always, there is a research aspect to the assignment and evidence of research beyond the unit materials is essential.

Because this is a niche topic (depending on what part of the world you belong too) I have included some prescribed texts with corresponding topics to give you some basic understanding about the topic. Additional research is required for this assignment outside of the prescribed texts