Australia and the United States: An Alliance for the 21st Century
Video of former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard's keynote will be available after the event concludes.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), partnering with U.S. Embassy Canberra, the United States Studies Centre, and the Perth USAsia Centre, will hold an invitation-only conference to discuss the current state and future of the alliance between Australia and the United States.
The conference, "Australia and the United States: An Alliance for the 21st Century", will be held from Monday, August 21, to Tuesday, August 22, in Sydney, Australia.
The conference will convene key thinkers from both countries at an important time for the Australia-U.S. alliance. The scope of cooperation between Australia and the United States has never been greater—extending well beyond traditional defense, intelligence, and diplomatic engagement—and the alliance enjoys healthy support among policymakers and the wider public in both countries. Bilateral economic, social, and cultural ties are broad and deep.
Yet the alliance faces growing external and internal challenges. The United States, Australia, and other allies confront rising threats in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and globally from terrorism, financial instability, pandemic diseases, and other transnational challenges. Revisionist powers are seeking to reshape regional security dynamics and carve out spheres of influence, jeopardizing the liberal rules-based order that has supported American and Australian security and prosperity for more than half a century.
These trends raise new questions about the future of the alliance in domestic, bilateral, and international contexts that we must address. Keynote speakers will include former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard OM AC and former Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating. Video of Mr. Howard’s keynote remarks will be posted here after the conference concludes. The rest of the conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.