Net Assessment of Australia

Jan. 22, 2016 Australia has the 12th largest economy in the world and it is the sixth largest country by land mass. It is without question the most powerful nation in the South Pacific, yet has struggled to achieve one of its most important strategic goals.

The defining feature of the South Pacific is that it is dominated by one country, Australia, which enjoys the position of being the most influential and important actor in the region. The fact that Australia is both a country and a continent is not just an interesting piece of geography trivia; it is the reason why a net assessment of the South Pacific must be, for all intents and purposes, a net assessment of Australia. It has the 12th largest economy in the world in terms of GDP and it is the sixth largest country in the world by land mass. T...

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