The AUKUS Partnership and French Ire

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On Wednesday, the United States, Great Britain, and Australia announced a new trilateral security partnership named AUKUS, allowing the three to “share artificial intelligence, undersea capabilities and other advanced technologies” (Collins and Shesgreen). Under AUKUS, Australia “will build at least eight nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology” (Kelly and Mair), knowledge previously exclusive to the two nations and aimed at countering Soviet, and cancel the 2016 order for French conventional submarines, then valued at $40 billion.

Stating that they only learned of the deal through the news, French officials call it a “stab in the back” (Irish et al.). Enraged, France has cancelled a scheduled “embassy soiree in Washington [meant] to celebrate the U.S.-French alliance dating back to the American Revolutionary War” (Collins and Shesgreen) and, in a dramatic escalation, recalled its ambassadors to Washington and Canberra.

The US and Australia is currently trying to assuage the French, though…

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