30 Sep '17, 11pm

Can Australia keep ANZUS on track?

Can Australia keep ANZUS on track?

Still, beneath this sentimentality lies a functional reality of an alliance based on current shared interests. Australia supports the US-led order as it benefits from the stability that measured US influence creates across the region. It also supports the alliance because it benefits directly from ANZUS, through cooperation with the United States in areas such as defence technology and intelligence sharing. Australian contributions to the relationship include regional diplomatic support, military and intelligence-gathering capabilities, forward-basing options and vast military training areas. Australia also confers legitimacy upon US diplomatic forays and military action — some highly controversial in nature — as a middle power ally in support.

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/10/01/can-australia-kee...

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