Australia is a treaty ally of the United States, and an important partner on economic and security affairs. It has stood by the U.S. in every major conflict of the last 100 years.
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The clarity Australia has provided with Force 2030 should serve as both a warning and a guidepost for America's future commitments to the region.
If you are sailing miles from shore and come upon the rusted prows of sunken ships, you can be sure that water is not that deep and it would be a good idea to change course. Australia is just the latest ship’s prow to warn us away from the treacherous path of green-energy mandates, taxes, and subsidies. Among the others have been Germany, Spain, and Italy.
President Obama and other G20 leaders should listen carefully this weekend (Nov. 15-16) in Brisbane, because Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has a powerful story to tell them about economic revival.
Abbott hopes to focus the gathered heads of state— representing some 80 per cent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product—on how to boost economic growth because, as he…
Often overlooked in the tumult of Washington’s foreign policy debates is the remarkable consistency of U.S. foreign and trade policies over time. This is due to one immutable factor: American national interests. When U.S. policy moves away from our national interest, not only does it cease to…
The Asian Studies Center
Introduction: A New View of America's "Near West"
At The Heritage Foundation’s annual B. C. Lee Lecture this year, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs summed up perfectly America’s destiny as regards Asia: It is America’s “Near…
Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who won a landslide victory earlier this month, vowed to promptly scrap...…
Illegal immigration is a major issue in almost every developed nation, and Australia is increasingly becoming a...…
The Australian Liberal Party—“liberal” in the good way, like Adam Smith—and its coalition partner, the National Party,...…
For some lawmakers, corporate welfare is okay, unless it hurts someone in their district.
Four lawmakers from...…
At this time last year, the Australian government began collecting the world’s most expensive carbon tax. A year...…
If it ain’t broke, the government will break it for you. That seems to be the lesson to draw from other nations that...…
China is rising in importance for Australia economically. What does this mean for security relations? Not what some people—including very influential, serious Australians—seem to think. There is nothing about China’s economic rise that gives it effective leverage over Australian foreign and defense policy or that necessarily supplants American leadership in the…
Abstract: Since the end of the Cold War, China has dramatically expanded its navy, especially its submarine fleet, adding dozens of attack submarines since 1995. During the same period, the U.S. attack submarine fleet has shrunk to 53, and it is projected to fall to 41 in 2028. The U.S. fleet is already stretched thin by the demands of ongoing operations. Australia,…
Contracting out in defense is an important public and political
issue in the United States. When based on the proper principles,
contracting out allows the government to draw on the skills and
resources of the private sector to deliver services more
efficiently. Although the British and U.S. programs are financed
differently, Britain's experience offers important…
Visiting the land down under just became easier for a number of American travelers. On November 1, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service announced a trial program extending Australia’s SmartGate program to U.S. Global Entry members.
The announcement marked a step in the right direction in creating a trusted…
The global financial crisis has had a major impact on perceptions of American power and its relationships in Asia. Many of the perceptions are not founded on facts. Among the facts often overlooked:
American companies invest far more abroad than does all of Asia combined.
For every dollar the U.S. has invested in China it has invested two in Australia…
The U.S.–Australia Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty would permit the U.S. to trade many defense articles with Australia without an export license or other written authorization. The treaty would advance American interests by:
Reducing barriers to defense-related trade and so increasing exports;
Improving the procurement process in both nations; and,…
On May 2, Australia released its first defense white paper in
almost a decade. "Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century:
Force 2030" proposes a wide-ranging strategic agenda that is the
product of geography, the lessons of Australia's history, and the
island nation's analysis of shifting power dynamics in the "wider
Countless official statements by the U.S. and Japan have
highlighted the two countries' bilateral alliance as the linchpin
or cornerstone of stability in Asia and indispensable to achieving
the strategic objectives of both countries. Although true, such
assertions are faulty on two counts: (1) they overlook the parallel
criticality of the U.S.-South Korean alliance,…
The U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee will
complete its markup of H.R.2647, the National Defense Authorization
Act for fiscal year (FY) 2010, last week. The full House
will likely begin debate and pass its version this
While considering the legislation, committee members made
several important steps to begin reversing some of…
America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia
America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence.
Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…
A Joint Project by Scholars from The Heritage Foundation, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and the Observer Research Foundation
Abstract: The U.S., Australia, and India face common challenges and opportunities in the Indo–Pacific region that are defined by their shared values and interests. These include sea-lane security, counterterrorism,…
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will cap off a seven-nation swing through Asia this weekend with a stop in Australia, where she will join Defense Secretary Robert Gates for annual ministerial consultations. The AUSMIN meetings, as they are known, come amid anxious discussions in Australia over the rise of China and the implications for the U.S.–Australia alliance.…
An anti-carbon tax amendment will likely be considered as the Senate attempts to pass its first budget in four years....…
“This is the most effective and efficient way to drive innovation to find better, less-polluting ways of producing...…
Last week, India assisted the U.S. in securing dialogue-partner status in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional...…
Heritage and the Wall Street Journal released the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom on Thursday, ranking 179 countries on...…
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