Hegemony and world order: The future of ANZUS in uncertain times

Stream: Panel 71 - Australian Politics / Media & Politics: Alliance politics - Panel on the politics of security in Australia
Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 9.00 am – 10.30 am
Speaker(s): Nathan Watson

The ANZUS alliance has been a resilient and adaptive centrepiece of Australian security policy for more than 60 years. Its endurance and success has tracked closely with the ability and willingness of the United States to lead- fighting the communist threat, the war on terror, and increasingly the challenge of a rising China. But the foundations of United States global leadership do not rest on military capacity alone. There are significant economic, social and ideational components at play that deserve equal attention. This paper will draw on theories of hegemony to make the case that the future of the ANZUS alliance is not guaranteed. A transition to an increasingly multipolar world order, defined by a more inward looking United States, would require Australia to dramatically reconsider its security policy in the Asia-Pacific region.