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Multilateral defence agreement

Multilateral defence agreement

An F-15A Eagle aircraft lands at Whenuapai air base during a joint exercise between Australia, New Zealand and the United States in 1984. The ANZUS alliance between the three countries was a defensive pact in which each agreed to come to the aid of the others if they were attacked in the Pacific. After Japan's attacks on British Commonwealth territories in Asia and the Pacific during the Second World War, New Zealand actively sought an agreement of this kind with the US. A push towards non-alignment from the late 1960s onwards, combined with the growing anti-nuclear movement, resulted in a breakdown of the alliance in 1986.

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Rod Alley, 'Multilateral organisations - New Zealand and multilateralism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33814/multilateral-defence-agreement (accessed 19 January 2020)

Story by Rod Alley, published 20 Jun 2012