Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament Peace and Security in Northeast Asia Policy Brief No.115 - September, 2021 • By Ramesh Thakur
In AUKUS We Trust:
Australia’s Security Settings Return to the Future
On 16 September, at the end of a virtual summit by leaders of the three countries, Australia, the UK and the US announced the conclusion of the AUKUS security agreement that commits the UK and US to unprecedented technology transfer and material assistance to help Australia acquire a fleet of eight nuclear-propelled submarines. This Policy Brief unpacks the longer term national, bilateral, regional and global reverberations and ramifications of the shock announcement of the birth of AUKUS.