Deputy sheriff or independent ally? Evolving Australian-American ties in an ambiguous world order

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    Abstract

    The policies of Australia's current government have been so close to the United States as to invite comparisons to an Australian 'deputy sheriff' executing the interests and policies of a US global marshal. Advocates of the ANZUS alliance disagree, citing the immense politico-strategic benefits Australia extracts from that relationship and insisting that ANZUS objectives are commensurate with a stable and just world order. Recent developments in international security politics such as the Iraq conflict and the persistence of global terrorism may now challenge that proposition and test the Australian electorate's future support for the American alliance. A greater determination by Australia to cultivate a more balanced approach to alliance politics will underwrite its national security interests more effectively than a sustained and rigid adherence to alliance loyalty under any circumstances.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)271-290
    JournalThe Pacific Review
    Volume17
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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