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Jeffrey Wilson

The Trump Administration has shown a surprising amount of clarity on its intentions for trade policy in the Asia-Pacific. During the presidential campaign, Trump outlined a series of trade initiatives which, in comparison...

16 February 2017
 
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Dougal Robinson

Rex Tillerson will approach foreign policy very differently to US President Donald Trump. While Trump’s guiding principle is ‘America First’, Tillerson espouses an assertive vision of US global leadership. Unlike Trump, Tillerson believes...

24 January 2017
 
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Brendan Thomas-Noone

The nomination of General James N. Mattis to the position of Secretary of Defense in the Trump Administration is a reassuring sign for many allies of the United States, as well as those...

24 January 2017
 
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Ashley Townshend

President Donald Trump has hinted at a more muscular US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. In tweets and speeches since the election, he has adopted a hard-line on China’s island-building in the South...

24 January 2017
 
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In October, 25 governments, including Australia and the United States, established the world’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. The US Secretary of State John Kerry, who played...

6 December 2016
 
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David Smith, James Brown, Ashley Townshend

Australians should be attuned to how the debates between American presidential candidates may shape the foreign and defence policies of the next US President and a new US administration in 2017. Five months...

30 September 2015
 
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Andrew Stoler

Together, the United States and Australia are confronting the challenges presented by the “Asian Century.” To ensure these challenges become opportunities for long-term growth, development and prosperity, both the US and Australia must...

30 May 2014
 
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Michael O'Hanlon

In comparison to Cold War norms, the size of current US military forces abroad is currently modest. Recent increases in US capacity in Asia however, are likely to be misinterpreted as either provocative...

28 February 2013
 
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Andrew Davies

The Asia-Pacific is a strategically vital and complex region. As China gradually erodes America’s regional military dominance, the need for US military forces and its allies to work together becomes ever more important...

28 February 2013
 
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Maryanne Kelton

The AUSFTA was designed to promote both economic and political interests by increasing the investment flows between the two countries and liberalising trade. Nearly a decade after implementation the expansion of both imports...

30 November 2012
 
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Ann Capling

To answer the crucial question of whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is in Australia’s national interests requires a review of its history. With the TPP’s emergence as a largely United States (US)-led initiative...

30 November 2012
 
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Joanna Shelton

The United States must remain an active participant in the global economy, but particularly in the fast-growing and highly populated Asia-Pacific region. As the most ambitious of all US preferential trade agreements to...

30 November 2012
 
Brief
Patrick Cronin

Three key security challenges confront the US’ comprehensive engagement of the Asia-Pacific region. Despite the need to manage China as a long-term geostrategic challenge, analysts should not discount the material threat of North...

30 October 2012
 
Brief
Douglas Feith
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Islamic extremism: potential for greater US-Australia cooperation

In confronting Islamic extremism, officials in the United States (US) and Australia must start by make clear its distinction from the religion of Islam. Undermining...
30 October 2012
 
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Gary Roughead

Significant opportunities exist for bilateral interoperability between the US and Australia. However, current arrangements do not effectively take advantage of the knowledge and expertise each country can provide. Future interoperability activities require a...

30 October 2012
 
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Claude Barfield

Though some critics have claimed that US involvement in Asia has been “episodic and reactive” over the past two decades—spanning the beginning and maturation of a new Asian regionalism—US administrations from both major...

30 October 2012
 
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Mark Beeson

Australia is caught between two worlds. On one hand, it has the opportunity to take advantage of Asia’s rise and integrate with Asian economies in order to guarantee its inclusion in the region’s...

30 October 2012
 
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Thomas Mahnken

In light of ongoing cutbacks to the defense budget, research and development and acquisition programs will be severely disrupted. In order to gauge the adequacy of US defense spending, the extent to which...

30 October 2012
 
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Lorraine Elliott

Threats to security can no longer be solely defined in military and statist terms. In widening and deepening the security calculus, ‘non-traditional security’ encapsulates a variety of issues, critiques of orthodox security approaches...

30 October 2012
 
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Andrew O'Neill

Whilst the contemporary US-Australia alliance has been historically strong, it reached a high point during the decade 2001-2011 as the relationship became more global in its focus. Since then, alliance relations have continued...

20 October 2012