Fear of Abandonment: Meet Allan Gyngell


Fear of Abandonment: Meet Allan Gyngell


In the world of Trump, where does Australia stand? 

Join us on Tuesday April 4th at 6.30pm, as former ONA Head and Keating advisor, Allan Gyngell, talks to ABC Radio's Steve Austin about his new book,
 Fear of Abandonment.  

Fear of Abandonment is the first comprehensive history of Australian foreign policy to be published in nearly forty years. Covering Australian foreign policy from WWII up until Turnbull’s recent election, the book provides an important foundation for the ongoing debate,  as Trump rewrites the terms of America’s international engagement, Asia and the world respond to rising Chinese power, and Brexit and nationalist sentiments threaten the European union.

Gyngell argues that our 'fear of abandonment’ in foreign affairs is in fact a positive for Australia because it's driven us into making connections, forging new alliances and getting active on the world stage in order not to be forgotten

Why not come along and join the debate?

About the Book...

Everything Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it.

In Fear of Abandonment, expert and insider Allan Gyngell tells the story of how Australia has shaped the world and been shaped by it since it established an independent foreign policy during the dangerous days of 1942. Gyngell argues that the fear of being abandoned – originally by Britain, and later by our most powerful ally, the United States – has so far driven how Australia acts in the world.

Spanning events as diverse as the Malayan Emergency, the White Australia Policy, the Vietnam War, Whitlam in China, apartheid in South Africa, East Timorese independence and the current South China Sea dispute, this vivid narrative history reveals how Australia has evolved as a nation on the world stage.

Fear of Abandonment is a gripping and authoritative account of the way Australians and their governments have helped create the world we now inhabit in the twenty-first century. In revealing the history of Australian foreign affairs, it lays the foundation for how it should change.

About the Author...

Allan Gyngell was Director-General of ONA, the Australian government’s central intelligence assessment agency, from 2009 to 2013. That followed six years as founding executive director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He was foreign policy adviser to Paul Keating and worked as a diplomat, policy officer and analyst in several government departments. He is the co-author of Making Australian Foreign Policy.

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