The EyeOpener- Australia, the US, and the Asia-Pacific Pivot

Formalized under the so-called ANZUS treaty in 1951, the military alliance between Australia and the United States has long defined Australia’s role in the security context of the Asia-Pacific region. Formed in the wake of World War II when memories of Japanese aggression in the Pacific were still fresh in the minds of Australians, it […]

The EyeOpener- The South China Sea: Flashpoint of the Asia-Pacific

If the Asia-Pacific region is becoming, in the words of Hillary “We came, we saw, he died” Clinton, “the strategic and economic center of gravity,” then the South China Sea may just be the strategic center of that strategic center. At first glance, there is nothing particularly remarkable about this area of the Pacific. Stretching […]