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Can We Trust America?
A Superpower in Transition
“As the United States needs Australia more, we have the chance – and the obligation – to shape the alliance in our interests. Instead, we have become less questioning and more compliant with each presidential tweet.” MICHAEL WESLEY
The eighth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs examines the changing status of the United States as its dominance in the Asia-Pacific faces challenge from China and its “America First” foreign policy marks a shift away from global engagement.
Can We Trust America? looks at the uncertainties for Australia as questions arise about the commitment of its closest ally.
- Michael Wesley calls for an alliance makeover as China’s ambition puts US–Australian ties under strain.
- Felicity Ruby delves into the uses and consequences of America’s intelligence and surveillance facilities in Australia.
- Brendan Taylor explores how the United States can strengthen its position in a contested Asia.
- Kelly Magsamen reports from America on how it can preserve and enhance its role as a great power.
- John Blaxland proposes a compact with our Pacific island neighbours.
- Helen Clark reflects on the role of foreign policy advisers.
- Jacinta Carroll probes the making of Australia’s security state.
- PLUS Correspondence on AFA7: China Dependence from Luke Gosling, Jane Orton, Alison Broinowski and more.
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Next IssueAFA9 - July 2020
Spy vs Spy
The New Age of Espionage
“As its strength has increased, it has become clear that China has its own preferred set of rules. And that is as true in espionage as it is in geopolitics.” ANDREW DAVIES
The ninth issue of Australian Foreign Affairs explores the threat facing Australia as changes in technology enable malign actors to target individuals, officials, businesses and infrastructure – challenges that have only sharpened due to COVID-19.
Spy vs Spy examines how Australian agencies can defend against attempts to steal secrets and disrupt the workings of government and society.
- Andrew Davies sweeps Australian intelligence history to show how technology has transformed state-on-state espionage.
- Danielle Cave probes how data and technology have shaped espionage in a time of crisis and beyond.
- Kim McGrath reveals Australia’s intelligence failures in Timor and asks whether we owe more to our neighbours.
- Anne-Marie Brady uncovers the covert influence and activities of China’s network of spy agencies.
- Penny Wong argues for a foreign policy shift to confront a fast-changing Asia-Pacific.
- Susan Harris Rimmer challenges Australia to shape the agenda of multilateral institutions.
PLUS Correspondence on AFA8: Can We Trust America? from Ashley Townshend, Tarcisius Kabutaulaka and more.