"In a tense and dangerous international environment, this book looks at the important question of how Australia deals with the outside world. It describes the role of the government departments and intelligence organisations that support the government's policy-making, and the thinking of the people who make it, in more detail than ever before. The book discusses the processes, institutions, actors and calculations involved in foreign policy making in Australia, and how these have changed under the impact of globalisation. It draws on an extensive survey - the first ever - of how Australian foreign affairs officials think about the world, and includes case studies of four recent Australian foreign policy initiatives. It concludes by speculating on the challenges ahead for Australian foreign policy making.". "This is essential reading for all of those who are interested in Australian foreign policy, and for politics students in international relations and foreign policy courses."--BOOK JACKET.