The Natural/Neglected Relationship: Liberalism, Identity and India-Australia Relations

Priya Chacko, Alexander Davis

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Recent commentary on India–Australia relations has defined the relationship as ‘natural’ and based on ‘shared values’ and ‘shared history’. The relationship has simultaneously been considered ‘neglected’. The paradoxical juxtaposition of a natural/neglected partnership is yet to be adequately explained. We consider the historical construction of liberalism in both states as a facet of state identity to argue that, far from creating a natural relationship, differing liberal identities have served to keep these two states apart. This is illustrated through case studies of divergent opinions over the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and the rise of China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-50
JournalThe Pacific Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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