As good as it gets? Australia and NATO beyond Afghanistan

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As a Western liberal democracy, Australia is often perceived as a prototype of NATO's 'partners across the globe'. It has been a steadfast supporter of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Furthermore, since 2001 ties between Australia and the Atlantic Alliance have markedly improved. However, it is unlikely that the degree of cooperation can be sustained in the post-Afghanistan era. The key rationale for the relationship has been the joint intervention in Afghanistan, which is drawing to a close. Now, the power shift from West to East is causing Europe's NATO allies and Australia to refocus themselves on their respective regions. Indeed, the US rebalancing towards Asia reduces the incentives for both actors for much closer cooperation. As long as NATO does not play a greater role in Asia-Pacific security, the relationship will probably revert back to lower levels of interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCooperative security
Subtitle of host publicationNATO's partnership policy in a changing world
EditorsTrine Flockhart
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
PublisherDanish Institute for International Studies
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9788776056407
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameDIIS report
PublisherDanish Institute for International Studies


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