Aligned Allies: The Japan-Australia Security Partnership and the Asian Security Order

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When: Mar 25 2015 - 10:30am until Mar 25 2015 (All day)
Where: 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room
What:

Aligned Allies: The Japan-Australia Security Partnership and the Asian Security Order

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Malcolm Cook
Senior Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

Aligned Allies: The Japan-Australia Security Partnership and the Asian Security Order from East-West Center on Vimeo.


Malcolm Cook explains how the Japan-Australia bilateral alliance has thus far remained strong, which is good news for the United States.

The rapid development over the last decade, from a base close to zero, of the Japan-Australia security partnership reflects three powerful sources of support for continued US strategic primacy in Asia. First, particularly in the case of Australia, it shows that growing trade dependency on China does not lead to the weakening of long-standing alliance and alignment relationships. Second, it shows that US allies and security partners in Asia are actively “sharing more of the burden” of maintaining the present US-led regional security order. Finally, the more complex post-Cold War regional and global security order is creating more opportunities for alliance strengthening and closer alignment between allies and security partners.

These three sources of support and the way they have shaped Japan-Australia security relations over the last decade strongly suggest that many overestimate perceived challenges to continued Asian support for US regional strategic primacy and underestimate this primacy’s structural supports. Rather, Malcolm Cook explained that both Japan and Australia continue not only to support the United States but are also willing to increase their own burden sharing to aid the United States in maintaining regional security. Mr. Cook also outlined two areas that Japan and Australia could strengthen, both bilaterally and with the United States, to continue to improve security in the region: maritime surveillance in Southeast Asia and ballistic missile defense. 

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Malcolm Cook is a Senior Fellow in the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme at ISEAS. Before joining ISEAS in 2014, Malcolm was the inaugural East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute of International Policy in Sydney and the inaugural Dean of the School of International Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide. Malcolm has lived and worked in Canada, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia and Singapore. His presentation will be based on the Aligned Allies report for the Tokyo Foundation written with Tom Wilkins from the University of Sydney. This research was funded by the Australia-Japan Foundation and the report can be downloaded here.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Batiuk
Phone: 202-327-9755