The Alliance 21 Program is a multi-year research initiative that examines the historically strong Australia-US relationship and works to address the challenges and opportunities ahead as the alliance evolves in a changing Asia. A public-private partnership between the Australian Government, corporate partners, and the United States Studies Centre, the Alliance 21 Program is designed to develop new insights and policy ideas concerning the Australia-US relationship.
During the project’s first phase (2011–2014) more than 50 of the best strategic thinkers on both sides of the Pacific came together in a series of expert workshops and public conferences to identify new challenges and opportunities for the alliance, and to map out policies to reinforce linkages between Australia and the United States. This effort culminated in the presentation of a major report to the Australian Government in October 2014, which outlined key policy recommendations for the future of the Australia-US relationship.
In July 2015 the Australian Government, along with corporate partners Boral, Dow, News Corp Australia, and Northrop Grumman Australia, committed to supporting the project for a second phase over three years. In this second phase, the Alliance 21 Program will focus on the following core research areas: defence and security; resource sustainability; alliance systems in Asia; and trade, investment, and business innovation. The second phase of Alliance 21 also sees the introduction of the Alliance 21 Fellowships, an exchange of senior scholars and policy analysts between the United States and Australia aiming to examine shared interests and mutual challenges through policy research and public engagement. The Perth USAsia Centre and the United States Government provide additional funding support for these fellowships.
Alliance 21 is overseen by a steering committee comprised of US Studies Centre staff; senior officials from the Australian Departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Prime Minister and Cabinet; as well as representatives from our corporate partners.