ANZUS treaty

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ANZUS at 70: the past, present and future of the alliance

The ANZUS Treaty was signed on 1 September 1951 in San Francisco. It was the product of energetic Australian lobbying to secure a formal United States commitment to Australian and New Zealand security. This publication aims to show the range of those ties, to understand...
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State of the United States: an evolving alliance agenda

With the Biden Administration in Washington committed to both the Indo-Pacific and the value of alliances — and 2021 marking the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty — this publication advances an agenda for the U.S/Australia alliance at this critical time.
Discussion paper

The Biden Presidency and Australia’s security reset

The swearing-in of Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States will signal a reset in the strategic relationship between Australia and its US partner. In this discussion paper, Allan Behm argues that Australia will need to do its own thinking, reinvesting in both...
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Fact Check: Does ANZUS commit the US to come to Australia's aid, as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop claims?

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop claims at the heart of the ANZUS treaty is a commitment for signatories to come to one another's aid in the worst of times.
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Operationalising deterrence in the Indo-Pacific

The United States and Australia need to bolster their contributions to deterrence and defence in an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific. This will require updating and future-proofing the US-Australia alliance so that it keeps up with the pace, scale and intensity of the multidimensional challenges that China...
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Taiwan flashpoint: what Australia can do to stop the coming Taiwan crisis

This paper argues that rather than continue the debate about Australia’s position on its ANZUS obligations should the United States invoke the treaty in a Taiwan conflict, Australia should work with other regional powers to advocate for more robust risk avoidance and crisis management mechanisms.
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Democracy promotion: ANZUS and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy

This paper argues that democracy promotion ought to be an essential component of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy — a strategy that is being promoted by the United States, Australia, Japan and, increasingly, India, albeit with national differences in approaches and emphasis.
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ANZUS and alliance politics in Southeast Asia: revisiting the ‘southern flank’

The southern-flank portion of the U.S regional alliance network—also known as the ‘San Francisco system’—includes formal bilateral defence treaties with Thailand and the Philippines and the ANZUS defence pact. This report outlines an assessment of how the San Francisco system’s southern flank matters in contemporary...
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Kim Beazley on the US alliance and Australia’s defence and international security

Kim Beazley has spent a professional lifetime being deeply immersed in the design and implementation of Australia’s defence and security policy. He steered his side of politics through the global anti-nuclear unrest of the early 1980s to craft an approach to Australia’s alliance with the...
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ANZUS 2.0 cybersecurity and Australia–US relations

At the 15 September 2011 AUSMIN talks in San Francisco, Australian and US officials took advantage of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS Treaty to announce the alliance would now extend into cyberspace. It was the first time, outside of NATO, that...