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Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

With U.S. Allies, 1 Plus 2 Equals Four

The fact historically and today is that the United States is much stronger with robust allies. The AUKUS agreement, like the 1941 Lend-Lease Act and similar agreements, will bolster overall U.S. force posture and therefore be a greater deterrent.

Commentary by James Carouso — February 16, 2024

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Gregory B. Poling
Senior Fellow and Director, Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative