World’s Third Largest Military? CANZUK – Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK ‘Alliance’

As Britain explores its options in a post-Brexit world, some are proposing a closer association with three of its wealthiest, English-speaking Commonwealth partners – to create a powerful political and economic bloc. A loose alliance with Canada, Australia, and New Zealand – or CANZUK – would also create the ‘third largest military’ in the world.

This proposal has been around since 2015 but may be gaining new steam today.

 As reported by Express.co.uk, “Toronto based James Skinner is the founder and chief executive of CANZUK International, a group launched under a different name in 2015.” Under the proposal Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand would agree to free trade and reciprocal migration. The four allied powers would also cooperate more closely in foreign policy and defense.

This new association, according to Skinner, “would immediately become the third most powerful military force in the world, behind only the United States and China.”

This idea may not be far-fetched. The UK is already a close ally of Australia, Canada and New Zealand and their militaries regularly cooperate. As noted by Express, the UK has worked closely with Australia and Canada over the crisis in Hong Kong with the three powers issuing joint statements.

The combined defense spending of these four countries would likely top US $110 billion which would make the bloc the third largest in the world. As Skinner notes, this would provide “a significant deterrent against adversarial countries like perhaps China, Iran, North Korea both in terms of physical military capacity but also in terms of cyber security as well.”

Adding to its plausibility, a CANZUK International poll “found free movement between the four countries has the support of 82 percent of New Zealanders, 76 percent of Canadians, 73 percent of Australians and 68 percent of Britons.” The proposal, reports Express, has been endorsed by Erin O’Toole, the Canadian opposition leader, and is part of the official platform of the Conservative Party of Canada.

With an increasingly dangerous world, this proposal could provide post-Brexit Britain a solid answer to the question of what role to play on the global stage. For the United States, having a strong CANZUK bloc as a powerful ally would also provide immense strategic value, especially against a hostile, expansionist China in the Pacific.

As with the U.S., Britain may want to consider a new system of coalitions and alliances that better reflect the 21st century threats, needs and priorities of the world’s top democracies.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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dennis taylord
dennis taylord
9 days ago

They are to far separated from each other,the supplie line would be a logistical nightmare,nice thought though.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
9 days ago
Reply to  dennis taylord

Having our troops all over the world is a logistical nightmare.
There troops are already all over the world.
They could the the new arraignment The United States of Civilized English Speaking People – USCESP for short.

R R
R R
9 days ago
Reply to  dennis taylord

Dennis, it’s actually a positive not a negative. They can be mobilized in many places and close to home ports and bases.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
8 days ago
Reply to  dennis taylord

Nattering Nabob of Negativism.

Craig Murphy
Craig Murphy
9 days ago

The British model of civilization re-unified. Have no fear but Biden will oppose that.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
9 days ago
Reply to  Craig Murphy

Why would Biden oppose that?
Is he concerned that England will also want to bring India and the US back into their model of civilization?

Dan
Dan
9 days ago

How many excuses does the media and dumbocraps need to convince Americans to globalize? All they are after is power and destruction.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
9 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Transportation and communication have globalized the world.
It ain’t gong back.
All major US companies have some kind of a Global footprint.
Think the Trump Origination.
Well over half of it’s assets are outside the US.
That is why it uses German banks.

James
James
9 days ago
Reply to  Albert Hess

Globalization means that global companies have global (i.e., NOT national) interests. If appeasing/strengthening China leads to selling more iPhones in China (i.e., more profits) or getting more people watching NBA basketball (i.e., more profits) or getting permission for more Chinese to see US movies (i.e., more profits, do you think Apple, the NBA and the MPA are going to stand up for American civilization or go for the increased profits?

If the US government were to propose punishing bad behavior by totalitarian countries, the first in line to support China’s “right” to demand access to Apple technology, disciplining NBA personnel who support Hong Kong protestors and pro-CCP changes in movies distributed world-wide would be Apple, NBA and MPA.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
8 days ago
Reply to  James

Does the Trump Organization have national interests or global interests?
What percentage of of the Trump Organization’s assets are offshore.

I think that the NBA and MPA are profit seeking capitalists.
As Americans we have the right to pursue profits, all around the globe.

Apple, NBA and MPA are American success stories, not just American success stories but Global success stories.
Apple, NBA and MPA made so many Americans rich.

Apple gave China it’s technology.
If you can figure out how to build someone else’s high technology you are smart enough to build your own.

Americans stole all of its early steam engine and textile machine technology from the British.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
7 days ago
Reply to  James

GM has has had a significant global foot print for over 70 years.
Are GM’s interests national or global?
70% of Coke’s sales are overseas, in your mind are they Nationalists or Globalists?
Intel is at 80%
.
B School 101 – The business of business is profit, the Globe is your market.
.
As for the rest of your post, it is pure babel.
.
Does Trump think that the President should have more or less control?
Should it have a more authoritarian role?
Totalitarian role?

.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
7 days ago
Reply to  James

If you lived in Switzerland would you be Nationalist or a Globalist?
Do you own any stock in a Globalist company?

Barb2554
Barb2554
9 days ago

Works for me. After 75 years of America being the world’s policemen its time others bellied up to that bar on behalf of the “free world “

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
9 days ago
Reply to  Barb2554

When you have the world’s cop shop you get to say how the world runs.
Just think about your local chief of police, and then crank it up.

tom
tom
9 days ago

Generalisimo sleepy Joe Biden as their CO??????

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
7 days ago
Reply to  tom

Our duly elected President.

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
9 days ago

Something is brewing… nations feel the need to make military alliances. However, Can Canada be trusted when it has a quarter million Chinese military actives in the country close to the border with the US and Justin Beaver Trudeau belongs as much to the Chinese s China Joe?

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
7 days ago
Reply to  proudmomoffive

I trust China more than I do Canada.
Where in Canada are the 250,000 Chinese troops stationed?
How many top level fighter jets do they have in country?
Bombers?
Nukes?
Where are the the Chinese naval bases, in Canada?
Ehhhh…..

James
James
9 days ago

Thinking the proposed coalition “would immediately become the third most powerful military force in the world, behind only the United States and China,” seems unlikely in that the sum of the parts is likely to be less effective than the parts on their own, even with the benefit of a common language, given the lack of unified command and will to go to war. Moreover, the fact that the military spending of the four together would be the third highest in the world is hardly relevant, because in adversarial countries, say China, the military spending is laser-focused on military/political power — not on things like good salaries/benefits, paying for gender-assignment surgery, indoctrination in victimization studies and the like.

R R
R R
9 days ago

I love it. The Chinese and Russia need someone else to hold them accountable and the US can’t do it alone and will take the burden off of the US. Also, if this country gets too crazy and radical, I would love to live in the UK or NZ or Australia. Canada would be ok but too damn cold.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
7 days ago
Reply to  R R

What makes you think UK, NZ, AU and CA will be align themselves with the US?
Trump certainly had no use for the Socialist regime in Ottawa.
He thinks that Boris Johnson is a jerk.

tractor man
tractor man
8 days ago

The largest will be at the battle of Gog and Magog. And they lose – bigly

BrewDubbs
8 days ago

This is like a lot of things – it looks and sounds like a great idea… They would have combined forces around the world and mobility today is much greater than in the past.

I do see that it could easily cause a struggle in time – one nation may want more control than another – are they combined or are they just partners? And that could change over time.

Interesting how the times are looking and lining up for what The Bible says will happen with the one world government and such…. And, if some little battle breaks out, it could cause a major war when so much power and so many countries get involved… But, will they “really” have each other’s backs?

Atil Hun
Atil Hun
8 days ago

I am sure the CANZUK army will be diverse and committed to the prevention of climate change. That will intimidate any adversary.

Albert Hess
Albert Hess
7 days ago
Reply to  Atil Hun

I am sure that the climate is changing, that is easy enough to measure.
I am not sure why it is changing.
Do you know?

Madeleine Donaldson
Madeleine Donaldson
5 days ago

Just wish here in South Africa we had a genuine Military that follow God and the Constitution. Sadly South Africa is so corrupt and the military are paid by ANC who are Communist puppets of the CCP. Our Police too. We only have private Security Companies to protect us (Paid by us too)


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