The Indo-Pacific strategic landscape is becoming more challenging, driving greater security coordination between the United States and its regional allies. Australia and Japan are at the forefront of this group. As capable security partners that share a common vision for an open and rule-governed regional order, the two countries are strengthening their special strategic partnership and playing a more active role in collective security initiatives. From responding to maritime tensions in the East and South China Seas, to deepening defence interoperability and deterring grey-zone coercion, the United States, Australia, and Japan are already coordinating on a range of shared challenges.

There are, however, obstacles to address and underexplored avenues for further security cooperation. This public panel discussion looked at these important strategic trends, and featured international experts Dr Tomohiko Satake (Japan), Dr Lavina Lee (Australia), and Mr Lyle Morris (United States).