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Wayne McLean

The website of Wayne McLean, PhD researcher, National Security College, Australian National University


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I can be contacted by email at,phone at the School of Social Science, International Relations Program on 6226 2329.

My CV is available as a PDF here

UTAS Research Output

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  • The State of Play in Central Asia: A theoretical perspective - 14 March, 2014 UTAS
  • Mexico and US foreign relations and the role of drugs - 6 October, 2013 UTAS
  • Structure - not ideas - guide Australian foreign policy - September 14, 2012 UTAS

Dissertation Topic

My dissertation is about middle power behaviour and the relationship between certain states systemic positions, regional concerns and how those external pressures are expressed within their domestic polity. This is achieved via a neoclassical realist framework.

This provides a rigid platform for exploring behaviour in states that have been poorly explained in the literature. This deficit has resulted in an excess of constructivist literature that fetishizes ideation and cultural factors as key variables in shaping state behaviour. I state the opposite. The claim is that external pressures drive middle power behaviour. Furthermore, ideas and culture are simply tools exploited by elites within middle powers to achieve strategies that ensure state security.

To demonstrate this, I explore the cases of Turkey, Mexico and Australia, all of whom share this pivotal position between power and ideas.