March 30, 2021

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, Theatre Auditorium, The University of Western Australia

Public Event

This  public event focused on investigating the future of the U.S.-Australian Alliance under the new Biden Administration. 

Australia’s relationship with the United States remains one of our most important strategic partnerships across defence, security, geopolitics, energy, environment, trade and investment.  This year, 2021, marks the 70th Anniversary of the ANZUS alliance, signed in San Francisco in 1951.

Over the last 70 years the United States–Australia strategic partnership has proven to be remarkably adaptive. It has been able to respond to different geostrategic eras while remaining at the centre of Australia’s defence policy and strategic engagement. The contemporary strategic climate of the Indo-Pacific is, however, different to any other time in the last 70 years. Buffered by increasing strategic competition, the rise of new powers and the relative decline of the United States 2021 see’s this relationship facing a set of new challenges. With the election of the Biden administration how will this relationship endure the rough strategic seas of the Indo-Pacific? Join us for a in depth discussion of the relationship with three of the country’s leading international relations and security experts.

Expert panel discussion includes remarks by Professor Stephen Smith, Chair, UWA Defence and Security Institute, Dr Jennifer Hunt, Lecturer in Security Studies, Macquarie University; Dr Rebecca Strating, Executive Director, La Trobe Asia; and Haley Channer, Senior Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre.