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  • Published: 17 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760641771
  • Imprint: Australian Foreign Affairs
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $26.00

Can We Trust America?: A Superpower in Transition: Australian Foreign Affairs 8


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Can We Trust America? explores the uncertainties for Australia as questions arise about the commitment of its closest ally.

“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.

  • Pub date: 17 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760641771
  • Imprint: Australian Foreign Affairs
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Jonathan Pearlman

Jonathan Pearlman is the editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and is a correspondent for the Telegraph (UK) and the Straits Times (Singapore). He previously worked at the Sydney Morning Herald, covering foreign affairs and politics from Canberra and Sydney. He has worked as a correspondent in the Middle East, as well as covering various international stories, including the 2008 US election and the violence in eastern Congo. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Diplomat, Good Weekend, and the Australian Book Review, and he has been a Walkley Award finalist and United Nations Media Award winner. He was born in Sydney and studied at the University of New South Wales and Oxford University.

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