Global Allies – public lecture and book launch

Her Excellency Ms Unni Kløvstad, Norwegian Ambassador to Australia, will officially launch Global Allies: Comparing US Alliances in the 21st Century, edited by Professor Michael Wesley. The public lecture will start at 5.00 pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Building (130 Garran Rd, Acton), The Australian National University. The launch will take place at 6.00 pm in the Hedley Bull Building Atrium.

The global system of alliances that the United States built after the Second World War underpinned the stability and prosperity of the postwar order. But during the 20th century, the multilateral NATO alliance system in Europe and the bilateral San Francisco alliance system in Asia rarely interacted. This changed in the early 21st century, as US allies came together to fight and stabilise conflicts in the Middle East and Central Asia. This volume presents the first-ever comparative study of US alliances in Europe and Asia from the perspectives of US allies: the challenges, opportunities and shifting dynamics of these fundamental pillars of order. This volume is essential reading for those interested in contemporary and future regional and global security dynamics.

The book will be available for sale.

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5–7pm 22 November 2017
Lecture Theatre 1
Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
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