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Dan Blumenthal, "Strengthening the U.S.-Australian Alliance: Progress and Pitfalls," AEI Asian Outlook, April-May 2005 (aei.org)

Australia's John Howard is often depicted as the third partner in the informal "Anglosphere" alliance, alongside George W. Bush and Tony Blair. Howard's pro-American stance was a conscious rejection of his predecessors' approach, which focused on building up Australia's Asian identity. His stance received little encouragement from the Clinton administration, but following Howard's invocation of the ANZUS (Australia-New Zealand-United States) treaty on 9/11, Australia found itself a trusted participant in the war on terror.

AEI scholar Dan Blumenthal argues that Howard's pro-American policies have strengthened Australia's influence in Asia rather than weakened it. …

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