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States tend to form international societies where order is maintained through mechanisms such as international law, diplomacy, balances of power, great power management and occasionally war (Bull 1977; see also chapter 17). This ‘middle way’ continues today under the name of the English School (see Dunne 1998; Linklater and Suganami 2006). In Wight’s hands, the three traditions (the ‘three Rs’) were not meant to be water-tight containers, but more like ‘streams, with eddies and cross-currents, sometimes interlacing’ (Wight 1991: 260).
It therefore required a strategically suitable site in the Pacific to strike back at the Japanese. Consequently, as T. B. Millar (1978: 161) suggests, ‘The United States did not come to the aid of Australia, it came to use Australia, and in using her, kept her safe’. Australia in 1942 was ‘used’ in a mutually beneficial manner by its new protector, with mainly American forces defeating the Japanese navy in two crucial Pacific battles – in the Coral Sea and off Midway Island – effectively ensuring there would be no invasion of Australia and forcing the Japanese into land-based assaults (in Papua and New Guinea) and sporadic attacks on Australian cities.
Instead, they offer a politically and ethically charged account of international relations, one aimed at expanding human freedom and global justice by radically transforming the prevailing structures of world order. In questioning taken-for-granted assumptions, critical theories compel us to reflect on the ‘Great Divide’. There is broad agreement among Marxism, feminism, Critical Theory, constructivism and global justice theories that the distinction between inside and outside, hierarchy and anarchy is by no means natural or necessary.