Australia 's Foreign Policy During The Vietnam War Essay

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The Vietnam War is perhaps one of the most influential events in Australia’s international history, perhaps even more relevant than either of the world wars. Up until the Vietnam War, Australia’s foreign policy revolved around her historic links to Britain, and her desire to have a positive relationship with strong western powers, such as the United States. An Australian Academic Dr. Alison Broinowski made a statement in 1988 that “Most Australian’s seem not to have noticed a shift in gravity from the declining west to the dynamic, modernising East has been going on for some years. Our minds are in the wrong time zone. It is important we make friends with our neighbours.” In the past especially during the Vietnam War, Australia may have overlooked any Eastern relationships by focusing instead on Western alliances. This quote holds little validity, however, when exploring Australia’s current foreign policy, which has continued to evolve since the end of the Vietnam War to include sound relationships with both the West and its Eastern neighbours.
During the latter half of the 20th century, there was heavy political and military tension between the capitalistic western bloc and the communist eastern bloc, labelled by historians as the Cold War. The Vietnam War of 1962 to 1975 was one of many proxy wars supported by both sides of the conflict. Australia, amongst many other western allies became heavily involved, supporting the South Vietnamese in an attempt to eliminate the…

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