Narrative Alignment and Misalignment: NATO as a Global Actor as Seen from Australia and New Zealand

Wellings, B, Kelly, S, Wilson, B, Burton, J and Holland, M 2018, 'Narrative Alignment and Misalignment: NATO as a Global Actor as Seen from Australia and New Zealand', Asian Security, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 24-37.


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Title Narrative Alignment and Misalignment: NATO as a Global Actor as Seen from Australia and New Zealand
Author(s) Wellings, B
Kelly, S
Wilson, B
Burton, J
Holland, M
Year 2018
Journal name Asian Security
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 24
End page 37
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In the wake of the Afghan missions, this article assesses the appetite in Australia and New Zealand for an ongoing relationship with NATO. Australia and New Zealand share many commonalities in their cultural, political, and economic profiles. Yet their identities in the realm of defense and security differ subtly, which has important implications for the reception of NATOs strategic narratives in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Drawing on strategic narrative theory (SNT), we assess perceptions of NATO in Australia and New Zealand. By collecting and analyzing empirical data from political, academic, and military elites, we find that there is a keen desire for an on-going partnership with NATO, particularly in maintaining interoperability and in the area of emerging security challenges. Although the findings were mostly positive for NATO, New Zealand elites were more reticent about NATO involvement than those in Australia, where elites saw NATO and the Global Partnership as a potentially usefulif under-utilizedasset in areas of non-traditional security cooperation.
Subject Political Science not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14799855.2017.1361731
Copyright notice © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
ISSN 1479-9855
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