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Inthe 2016, Defense White Paper, the statement “rules-based globalorder” is repeated 56 times. This statement is reaffirmation ofAustralia’s commitment to regional and global rules. It signifiesthe obligation to defend the global good. The number of times thatthis statement has been repeated in the White Paper is 45 morecompared to nine times it appeared in the last publication of theWhite Paper. This shift can be attributed to the rising nationalconflicts in the Middle East and Africa, yet the United States seemsthe only concerned party. This shows that countries like Australiashould begin to play an active role in the global peacekeepingagendas.

TheWhite Paper acknowledges that participation in the UN peacekeepingfosters bilateral and regional cooperation among countries. This canresult in numerous advantages to countries such as Australia innumerous sectors. Maritime capacity building ranks as a pertinentissue in the defense debate of Australia. According to the paper,Australia acknowledges the need to create awareness on issuessurrounding security within and without its borders. This can bereinforced through international and regional cooperation, which canboost information exchange systems, and military training to improveon efficiency and capabilities.

Underthe “rules-based global order” mentioned in the paper, countriesought to play an active role in the global fight against terrorism topromote peace and rebuilding. Australia has played a dormant role inglobal security issues and as such, it can play a dynamic role infighting terrorism, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. It alsoopens opportunities for the country to take part in the global fightagainst climate change given that the phenomenon is a threat to theglobal spaces. Therefore, this paper hints at underlyingopportunities that Australia can embrace for the good of the globalhumanity.

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