The following paper is part of the Brookings Order from Chaos series Alliances & partnerships: U.S. commitments in the Asia-Pacific, in which contributing scholars offer their analyses of the various U.S. alliances and security partnerships, along with the diverse economic, diplomatic, and security challenges that impact those critical commitments.
The Australia-U.S. strategy in Asia needs to be a shared one. Responsibility for ensuring the sustained strength of the alliance rests squarely with the political leadership in both countries. If the Australian alliance matters to America, then the next few years will be no time for complacency.
Managing China’s rise will require using our considerable trade, technological and regulatory leverage to delineate clearer red lines. That is where Merkel has been overtaken by shifts in expert and also public opinion.