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Established in January 2021, Allies and Adversaries explores U.S. foreign policy by analyzing America’s relationships with its allies and adversaries, with a touch of historical context.

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Is Expanding AUKUS the Solution?

In September 2021, the United States and the United Kingdom announced a plan to share submarine technology with Australia in a security pact awkwardly dubbed AUKUS. This was a particularly big deal at the time since the United States shares this technology with only one other ally, the United Kingdom. However, there is some debate…

When Will Finland and Sweden Join NATO? That Remains To Be Seen

In September, the U.S. ambassador to Finland predicted, perhaps too hastily, that Finland and Sweden would “become official NATO members by Christmas.” It is now December 22 and while most believe the two Nordic countries will eventually be accepted into the 30-member alliance, it does not appear it will happen in the timeframe predicted by…

Japan’s Military Spending Increase Comes with Geopolitical Shifts in the Region

On December 16, Japan, one of America’s closest allies in Asia, announced that the nation will double its military spending, reaching 2% of Japan’s GDP by 2027. “In the next five years, in order to fundamentally reinforce our defense capacities, we will implement a defense build-up program worth $43 trillion yen ($314 billion),” Japan’s Prime…

Canada, A Key U.S. Ally, Noticeably Absent from Key U.S. Foreign Policy Developments

When Joe Biden won the 2020 U.S. presidential election promising to restore alliances in U.S. foreign policy, sighs of relief could be heard across much of Canada. Four years of neglect and abuse from the Trump administration left U.S.-Canada relations strained. The Trump administratoin imposed arbitrary tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum with little explanation.…

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