Unbreakable Alliance? ANZUS in the Asian Century

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    The alliance between the United States and Australia (Australia New Zealand United States or ANZUS), while one of America's least problematic Asia-Pacific strategic relationships at present, could face a series of new challenges as structural change in this region continues apace. This article analyzes five such challenges facing ANZUS: the rise of China; changing American expectations of its allies and partners; the intensification of Australia-Japan security relations; the emergence of a divide between Australian public and elite opinion on ANZUS; and the rise of Indonesia. The article concludes by offering a series of policy-relevant recommendations designed to ameliorate the worst effects of these challenges. These include the generation of greater policy debate on ANZUS in Australia; the introduction of new public education programs highlighting the alliance's costs and risks; and the establishment of a new Australia-Indonesia-U.S. trilateral dialogue process at the second track or 1.5 track level.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-85
    Number of pages11
    JournalAsian Politics and Policy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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