Australia's alliance with the United States has never been stronger. This has given rise to a sometimes heated debate in Australia over the degree to which ever-closer relations with our 'great and powerful friend' erodes the independent discretion available to the Australian government.
This paper aims to 'de-parochialise' the debate in Australia by turning the tables around and asking how Americans think about the alliance. It features the views of four leading analysts from Washington's most influential think tanks, all of whom are well-placed to judge whether Australia's current high profile in Washington really translates into greater visibility and influence. The afterword by Susan Windybank is available online.