Howard's War on Terror: A Conceivable, Communicable and Coercive Foreign Policy Discourse

  title={Howard's War on Terror: A Conceivable, Communicable and Coercive Foreign Policy Discourse},
  author={Jack Holland},
  journal={Australian Journal of Political Science},
  pages={643 - 661}
  • J. Holland
  • Published 15 November 2010
  • Political Science
  • Australian Journal of Political Science
This article explores the relationship between language and political possibility. It is argued that John Howard's language from 11 September 2001 to mid 2003 helped to enable the ‘War on Terror’ in an Australian context in three principal ways. Firstly, through contingent and contestable constructions of Australia, the world and their relationship, Howard's language made interventionism conceivable. Secondly, emphasising shared values, mateship and mutual sacrifice in war, Howard embedded his… 
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