The risks ahead

James Cotton is a Professor of Politics at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. His latest essay, Australian Foreign Policy and the management of intelligence post September 11, is essential reading.

The politicisation of intelligence will be one of the many stains on the Howard era. With Iraq becoming a centre for world terrorism, and Australia’s intimate involvement in the country’s invasion and occupation, Cotton explains that Australia’s strategic position has been severely weakened.

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