The authors of a new report examining the future of the Australia-US alliance amidst increasing tensions with China held a briefing at Parliament House in Canberra.
Former advisor to US Secretary of State John Kerry, Dr Charles Edel, and former advisor to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Dr John Lee, joined forces for the special USSC report, which details why there are divergences between the two allies when it comes to countering China and how to narrow those differences.
Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, moderated the discussion with the authors.
At the briefing, the authors presented their findings and laid out their bold recommendations for navigating the US-Australia relationship into the future.
Dr Charles Edel
Australia Chair and Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Dr Charles Edel is the inaugural Australia Chair and a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was previously a Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College, and served on the US Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff from 2015-2017. In that role, he advised Secretary of State John Kerry on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr John Lee
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Dr John Lee was previously a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. From 2016-2018, he was senior adviser to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.