UK - Australia Track 1.5 Bilateral Dialogue

This project explores the current status and future direction of the UK–Australia bilateral relationship within a new multipolar landscape.




The international strategic landscape has come under greater stress from challenges to the rules-based international system, rising tensions between the US and China, as well as climate change and global health crises. This has amplified the importance of global principles and key partnerships among like-minded states and middle powers.

The UK will host various high-level summits and dialogues in 2021, from the Australia–UK Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN) to the G7 Summit, as well as COP26. The UK and Australia are also increasingly converging in the Indo-Pacific, which both countries identify as being pivotal to global prosperity and security in the coming decade.

RUSI and the National Security College of the Australian National University have launched a ‘Track 1.5’ Bilateral Dialogue to explore how to deepen and expand the UK–Australia bilateral relationship as the UK pursues a new foreign policy outside of the EU.

Project team


Veerle Nouwens

External Author | Former RUSI Senior Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific

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Rory Medcalf, Director, National Security College, Australia National University