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Type: Journal article
Title: Japan, Australia and the United States: little NATO or shadow alliance?
Author: Jain, P.
Bruni, J.
Citation: International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 2004; 4(2):265-285
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 1470-482X
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Purnendra Jain and John Bruni
Abstract: In a rapidly changing geopolitical and strategic environment in which the current US administration is willing to demonstrate to the world that the pursuit of its national interest will not be encumbered by multilateral forums, what role will US bilateral alliance partners such as Japan and Australia play in redefining the international order, especially in their area of primary interest – East Asia? This paper examines an Australian proposal for establishing an informal security dialogue at the ministerial level comprising the United States and two of its bilateral allies in the Asia-Pacific. While the dialogue process has begun, the success of any such structure, however, will be largely coloured by accommodating the very different histories and strategic cultures that have developed within these countries, and the very different expectations other regional states have of them. Through the examples of the war on terror and the war against Iraq, this paper argues that there is little evidence of structured co-operation at the ministerial level in place. Further, any exclusive high-level security dialogue which forms around this troika will incur the suspicion of many East Asian nations, as it may be seen as a platform for unrestrained US unilateralism and exceptionalism, which may in turn have negative implications for Japan and Australia's continuing role in Asia.
Description: Copyright © 2004 Oxford University Press and the Japan Association of International Relations
RMID: 0020042012
DOI: 10.1093/irap/4.2.265
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