Commentary | 07 July 2011

What Robert Gates leaves behind

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates steps down on June 30 after almost five years in the job, and having served under both a Republican and Democrat president. The Diplomat asked some of the leading Asia analysts to assess how some of the key US military relationships developed under Gates, and the main challenges that his successor, Leon Panetta, faces as he takes over.Lowy Institute Military Associate James Brown's section on Australia in the photo essay is at:http://the-diplomat.com/photo-essay/2011/06/30/what-robert-gates-leaves-...

James Brown

  • James Brown

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates steps down on June 30 after almost five years in the job, and having served under both a Republican and Democrat president. The Diplomat asked some of the leading Asia analysts to assess how some of the key US military relationships developed under Gates, and the main challenges that his successor, Leon Panetta, faces as he takes over.Lowy Institute Military Associate James Brown's section on Australia in the photo essay is at:http://the-diplomat.com/photo-essay/2011/06/30/what-robert-gates-leaves-...

James Brown

  • James Brown