The United States-Australia alliance has been an important component of the US-led system of alliances that has underpinned regional security in the Indo-Pacific since 1945. However, recent geostrategic developments, in particular the rise of the People’s Republic of China, have posed significant challenges to this US-led regional order. In turn, the growing strategic competition between these two great powers has generated challenges to the longstanding US-Australia alliance. Both the US and Australia are confronting a changing strategic environment, and, as a result, the alliance needs to respond to the challenges that they face. The US needs to understand the challenges and risks to this vital relationship, which is growing in importance, and take steps to manage it. On its part, Australia must clearly identify its core common interests with the US and start exploring what more it needs to do to attain its stated policy preferences.

This book consists of chapters exploring US and Australian perspectives of the Indo-Pacific, the evolution of Australia-US strategic and defence cooperation, and the future of the relationship. Written by a joint US-Australia team, the volume is aimed at academics, analysts, students, and the security and business communities. 

chapter 1|11 pages

The United States—Australia alliance

ByScott D. McDonald, Andrew T. H. Tan

part Part I|68 pages

US and Australian perspectives of the Indo-Pacific

part Part II|79 pages

The evolution of Australia—US strategic and defence cooperation

chapter 5|20 pages

The common interests that bind the United States and Australia

ByBates Gill

chapter 6|19 pages

The evolution of the US—Australia strategic relationship

ByShannon Brandt Ford

chapter 7|19 pages

Defence cooperation between Australia and the United States

ByAlan Bloomfield

chapter 8|19 pages


Redefining the strategic triangle
ByAdam Lockyer, Scott D. McDonald, Yves-Heng Lim

part Part III|56 pages

The future

chapter 9|18 pages

The US—Australian alliance and its implications for Australian defence strategy and procurement

ByFred Smith, Yves-Heng Lim, Adam Lockyer

chapter 10|15 pages

The future of Australia—US strategic and defence cooperation

An Australian perspective
ByAndrew O’Neil

chapter 11|21 pages

The future of Australia—US strategic and defence cooperation

A US perspective
ByScott D. McDonald