The Coming Asia-Pacific Century: What It Means for the Australia-U.S. Alliance
Changing economic and military power dynamics and new architectures for regional cooperation will likely have profound implications for engagement throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. How the United States and Australia assess this environment, and their individual and collective strategic priorities within it, will greatly influence the U.S.-Australian alliance in the decades to come.
On July 27, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings hosted the Honorable Stephen Smith MP, minister for defence of Australia for his perspective on a range of topics influencing the U.S.-Australian alliance, including the geopolitical shifts within the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, implications of the rise of China and India, and the impact of recent American and Australian strategic and force posture reviews.
Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.
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[John Bolton’s statement that the North Koreans “have not lived up to the commitments” made in Singapore] totally cuts Secretary of State Pompeo and the special representative, Steve Biegun, at the knees. What is the incentive for North Korea to actually talk about the meat-and-potatoes of denuclearization with the special representative and with the secretary of state if the national security adviser has said nothing is happening so we have to go straight to the top?