Alliance 21 Fellowship

Alliance 21 Fellowship

Alliance 21 Fellowship

The Alliance 21 Fellowship was established by the Perth USAsia Centre, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and the United States Department of State to foster multi-disciplinary policy-oriented learning between the U.S. and Australia. The program involves a 3 to 10 month exchange of senior scholars and policy analysts between Australia and the U.S.. During the fellowships, Alliance 21 Fellows conduct policy-related research on strategic opportunities and challenges facing the Australia-U.S. Alliance in the Indo-Pacific.

richard fontaine - 2016 alliance 21 fellow

In 2016, Richard Fontaine, President of the Centre for a New American Security (CNAS) was appointed as the first Alliance 21 Fellow. During his time in Australia, he regularly engaged with senior strategic thinkers, influential analysts, intellectuals, and the general public in events in both Perth and Sydney.

Mr Fontaine has served as a Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at CNAS from 2009 until 2012 and was previously a foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years. He has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A native of New Orleans, Mr Fontaine graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University. He also holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, and he attended Oxford University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also served as the chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States.

'Against Complacency: Risks and Opportunities for the Australia-U.S. Alliance' BY rICHARD FONTAINE

Australia may today figure more prominently in the thinking of American policymakers than at any time since the Second World War. The Australia-U.S. alliance is deeper, closer and healthier than ever before, and it is newly relevant to the region in which both countries discern their most vital future interests. But while the alliance generates benefits on a daily basis, enthusiastic policymakers on both sides have failed systematically to analyse and address a series of mid- to long-term risks to it.

In this paper published at the United States Studies Centre towards the end of his Alliance 21 Fellowship, Mr Fontaine outlines four risks and twelve opportunities to the Australia-U.S. alliance.

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Australia and the United States share democratic political values, key national interests and a conviction that the rules-based international order is worth defending. Both countries possess the will and the capacity to act beyond their shores for the common good and a history of taking on challenges together.

Richard Fontaine
President, Centre for a New American Security and Inaugural Alliance 21 Fellow
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