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AUKUS and the dawn of realpolitik minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific

New pact signals a decisive shift of focus in action and priorities

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Joe Biden delivers remarks about a national security initiative joined virtually by Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson on Sept. 15: AUKUS is not the brainchild of a Cold War mentality.   © AP

Alessio Patalano is professor of war and strategy in East Asia at King's College London and senior fellow at Policy Exchange.

The announcement of the AUKUS defense and security pact, including Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., is a once-in-a-generation moment in international affairs.

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