The Prime Ministers in America
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The Prime Ministers in America

On the eve of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s state visit to Washington, the Lowy Institute presents a series of snapshots examining some of the more memorable meetings between Australian prime ministers and US presidents.

That Scott Morrison has been granted the honour of a state visit to Washington – the first since John Howard in 2006 and only the second granted by the Trump administration – is a mark of his early success in connecting with the American President, a leader not normally known for his acoustic sensibility to close US allies. The prime minister’s visit will undoubtedly give a symbolic flourish to the recent description by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of the US–Australia alliance as “unbreakable”.

Areas of expertise: Australian political culture and foreign policy; the history of US-Australia relations