John Howard: Reflections on the Australia-United States alliance



15 February 2011

Former Prime Minister John Howard reflected on his decade of experience in leading Australia's most important international relationship to a packed crowd at Sydney's Customs House. In conversation with Australia's preeminent print journalist Paul Kelly, Howard discussed topics from APEC and Kyoto to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how the Howard government's close relationship with the United States had a significant impact on both countries and the world. The former Prime Minister's thoughts on the Australia-US alliance provided a unique window into the highest levels of the multi-faceted relationship between the two countries.


  • The Honourable John Howard, OM AC
    Former Prime Minister of Australia

    John Howard OM AC is a member of the US Studies Centre's Council of Advisors. Howard served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia between 11 March 1996 and 3 December 2007. He was a federal member of Parliament for 33 years. Howard is a Companion of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W Bush.

  • Paul Kelly
    Editor-at-Large, The Australian

    Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large of The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of The Australian (1991-1996). He writes on Australian and international issues and is a regular commentator on television. Kelly is the author of nine successful books.