From Down Under to Top Center: Australia, the United States, and this Century's Special Relationship
This paper argues that Australia will emerge as the United States' strongest ally in the Asia-Pacific region, and that this solidifying strategic convergence between these English-speaking nations will have an immensely positive influence on regional developments and stability in Asia. This special relationship is one that will both be attuned to the realities of an Asia-Pacific century and help define it. This will not necessarily happen at the expense of the U.S.-UK relationship, but rather will form the Asian wing of the Democratic Anglosphere, which has formed the inner core of the U.S. system of alliances since its inception.
This will, in time, lead to the emergence of a form of division of labor, or geographical differentiation interlocking both strategic relationships. The U.S.-UK special relationship will still be highly invested in issues pertaining to the more traditional Atlantic and Mediterranean regions, while the area “East of Suez” will be the focus of the strengthened U.S.-Australia alliance. During the Raj era, the Viceroy would preside over the future of Asia from the small Indian hilltop town of Simla or the bustling streets of Calcutta or Delhi, while far to the West, the intricacies of European and Mediterranean geopolitics would be unraveled in the halls of Westminster. In a similar fashion, the United States will only remain a global power if its strategic vision is buttressed by a transpacific, as well as by a transatlantic special relationship.