This article discusses the pitfalls of the U.S. – Australia relationship, and how they relate to Papua New Guinea.
The United States partnership with Australia is beyond doubt the most significant in Oceania. As a western nation, Australia holds many of the same values as the U.S. and there are extensive economic, diplomatic and military ties that bind the two countries together. There are, however, three detractors when it comes to adding Papua New Guinea (PNG) to the equation. While they should not affect the quality of the U.S.-Australia relationship, the U.S. should be seen as actively providing remedies to avoid being associated with these pitfalls and if they are serious about their Pacific focus.