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AUKUS and War Powers Webinar


18JulAUKUS Webinar July 2024

The AUKUS security partnership is one of the most significant security initiatives of the 21st century. The strategic partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States is designed to bolster allied deterrence and defence capabilities in the Indo-Pacific.

AUKUS will necessarily promote much closer cooperation between its signatories but, despite a common legal heritage, the war powers of these three allies vary considerably. In some cases, such as in the lead-up to the UK/US airstrikes on Syria in 2013, the variations in these powers and the misunderstandings they caused, both within and between allied governments had significant political and strategic consequences.

Given this context, could legal or political factors pose long-term challenges for the alliance? What strategies can be implemented to mitigate potential issues?

This event will bring together experts on national security and law in each country to discuss how war powers are structured and explore what potential issues might arise between the partner nations in coordinating their grand strategies.


Dr Charlie Laderman, Senior Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King's College London.

Carrie Filipetti, Executive Director of the Vandenberg Coalition.


  • Daniel Skeffington (King's College London)
  • Matthew Waxman (Columbia University)
  • Geoffrey Corn (Texas Tech University)
  • Samuel White (Senior Lecturer and Cybersecurity Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide Law School).

Please note that the webinar link will be emailed two hours before the event.

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Charlie Laderman

Senior Lecturer in International History

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