“From the US perspective, it is difficult to
discern any substantive issues (that) should raise national concern.
Canberra’s acknowledgement of the need to manage
carefully its relations with Washington is a realistic view.
In an era of threat-ambiguity in the Far East (the) onus
will be on Canberra to ensure that the vitality
of bilateral relations does not atrophy through mutual benign neglect.”
THIS article analyses the politics of an alliance, between Australia and America. That is, the dynamics associated with managing the defence and security components of our overall geo-strategic relationship with the United States. This study must be approached in complementary terms as the alliance can not be subjected to any arbitrary divination between defence policy and foreign policy.