The third instalment of The Alliance Season 2 – hosted by Chief News Anchor, Kieran Gilbert – premieres this Sunday at 8pm AEST on Sky News Australia.

From the Vietnam War to the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance between the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Episode 3 explores how military, security and economic ties have grown even closer in the late 20th Century.

Episode 3 explores the alliance between Australia and New Zealand which has survived great military and political challenges, specifically the Vietnam War placing great strain on the allies.

So much so that in the years that followed the fall of Saigon, both the U.S. and Australia put the ANZUS Treaty under review with New Zealand pulling out of ANZUS altogether.

Today, significant challenges persist and in the context of the broader Five Eyes security partnership, New Zealand is once again showing signs of discomfort.

Speaking to Sky News for The Alliance, Former Australian Ambassador to the U.S. Joe Hockey warns that New Zealand needs to be careful: “We can’t be four eyes or four and a half eyes. Our Kiwi mates need to continue to do the heavy lifting that they’ve done, from time to time.”

One aspect of the Australian and U.S. alliance that transcends both the clash of political personalities and our military failings is economic partnership.

This episode brings to life the two-way trade and investment relationship that is worth almost $2 trillion, and the hundreds of thousands of jobs created by the country’s close relations.

The third episode also delves into a case study of 3M, an American multinational company working across multiple industries.

The 3M conglomerate has been in Australia for 70 years and almost to the day shares its milestone anniversary with the ANZUS Treaty itself.

Season 2 is a six-part series commissioned after the success of The Alliance Season 1 which premiered in 2020 on Sky News Australia.

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