aventinus varia Nr. 36 [19.12.2012]: Realism and Idealism in Post-Cold War Australian Foreign Policy, 1989-2001


The end of the Cold War marked a period of change in Australian foreign policy. As the bipolar world order collapsed, an era of marked stability in international power relations came to an end. In the new world order, Australia had yet to define what role it should take in the international sphere.