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Five Eyes and the Perils of an Asymmetric Alliance

Aug 3, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
Does Australia's membership in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance expose it to undue influence by U.S. interests?

Nick Warner (C), director-general of Australia's Secret Intelligence Service, prepares to give a speech at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.



The Five Eyes is the oldest and most prominent intelligence alliance in the world. But there is an evident asymmetry in the relationship between the United States and its fellow members. Critics say this produces outcomes that are inimical to the interests of the alliance's smaller countries, which have little choice but to accept the consequences of the power imbalance....

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