United States of America has been been on the top of the Superpower domain for several decades. During this time, USA has made compact relationships with many countries and has cultivated strong allies in all significant geopolitical arenas. With countless treaties and never ending resources, it has dominated over nearly every country for the past century. With the induction of United Nations and many allied groups like NATO, USA has etched its name in history as a powerhouse with lots of tricks up its sleeve. Moreover, allies have played a major role in helping US in reaching its goal. But, not all US allies are equal and therefore, this list is based on many factors such as Stability of Government, Past Relationship, Standing in International Politics and Present Scenario. Read on to know about the top 12 most important allies of the United States which have stood steadfast alongside in times of war and need.
Historically, both these countries share strong ties and a bond reinforced by the presence of Italian-American population in the United States. Since World War II, Italy has become a faithful ally of the United States and is a strong supporter of US in the European Union. Moreover, both these countries are aligned for the same financial goals and are developing their bonds with numerous treaties and trade laws, with one of them being US-Italy Tax Treaty which was signed in 2009 to cut the source-country tax rates and foreign tax credits.
Netherlands is a strong supporter of United States since World War II. Both these countries enjoy mutual support in World Affairs. Moreover, Netherlands is known as the least trouble-causing US ally and doesn’t put the latter’s image at risk globally. It is also known as the no. 1 destination of US in foreign direct investments, with over 400 years of strong relation it has backed US in the European Union for its shared goal of a more open and market-led world economy.
With 95 percent of the Philippine population as Pro-Americans, these two countries enjoy strong bilateral relationship since 1947. The citizen of Philippines see United States as an ally which helps the government to issue laws more swiftly and favorably. Their relation extends to joint military exercises to strengthen their military response time. There have been nearly three military treaties between the two since 1947. Moreover, Philippines acts as a strong strategic position in Asia for the United States.
Germany has been one of the staunchest ally of the United States in recent times even though they were the worst of enemies in the World War II. Both countries enjoy great cordial ties apart from their stand on active-military use. These countries enjoy common financial goals which is seen in their trade treaties and are also strong allies in NATO, in which Germany acts on core collection of defense and acts on the framework for the Strike Force. Germany has also supported US in many international matters including Russia’s exclusion from the G-8 summit whereas US has supported Germany on the Greece Financial Crisis.
France’s relation with United States has been a rocky one. With their relation going all the way back to American independence, France has caused problems for the United States in recent times. France did not help US in Iraq war even though it was on the Strike Committee and as a NATO ally it intervened in Libya which further put their relationship in jeopardy. Moreover, their relationship deteriorated due to 9/11 attacks and patching up of their relationship is still going on after Barack Obama became the president of United States.
Japan and the USA enjoyed cordial relationship up until the World War II, where they found themselves on either side of the war. After the atomic bombing of Japan, USA extended its help in rebuilding and modernizing the nation. Due to exchange of technology and resources, both countries have cemented their relation from the very scratch. Moreover, the US backed San Francisco Treaty helped Japan get rid of Allied Forces after the World War II, helped patch their open wounds. Today, Japan is the greatest ally of the USA in Asia and they both enjoy economic, cultural and military understanding.
Australia is regarded as the second most important ally of United States after United Kingdom due to their strong ties since 1941. Australia has supported US in all wars since 1941 and both these countries have enacted Free Trade Laws which further strengthened their bond. Moreover, the ANZUS Treaty which allowed US, New Zealand and Australia to have joint military presence in the Pacific Ocean also helped cement the bilateral bonds. As both countries share mutual colonial past, they have stuck together in all matters on international front. These two countries also maintain maritime trade which has further cemented their bond over time.
Mexico might be a surprise to you on this list, but both these countries enjoy strong bilateral economic ties with foreign investments in agriculture and ranching. With numerous treaties and trade deals, these countries have strengthened their relationship over time. It shares land border and maritime with the USA and it is also a member of North America Free Trade Agreement which allows both these countries to trade freely without paying custom taxes. Though their relationship has come under scrutiny due to illegal immigration and drug trade across the border, they enjoy strong partnership internationally.
4. South Korea
South Korea is one of the staunchest supporters of United States due to the latter’s role in the Korean War, which was sanctioned by the United Nations. In 2009 at G-20 summit which was held in London, Barack Obama called South Korea as US’s closest ally. It is also known as an important “Non-NATO” ally to the United States and acts as a strong strategic point for US in Asia. Moreover, It has experienced a huge spurt of growth in technology and economy due to the help from United States. It is in one of the most volatile regions, close to North Korea due to which it is constantly dependent on US for help.
Israel is known as a strong-headed ally of the United States. With enormous weapon arsenal and infinite money, this country is a major strategic position for the United States in the Middle-East which usually causes controversy from time to time. Israel is the biggest beneficiary of foreign aid from the United States with amount close to 100 Billion Dollars. The relation between the two has always been strong and Israel also enjoys support in the United Nations. Israel does cause problems to the US from time to time and is one of the most volatile ally of the United States.
Canada is considered as the greatest ally of United States of America. Their bro-mance is world known and nothing stops Canada from helping US in any matters. With the greatest demilitarized borders in the world, these two share massive trade revenues and a long standing partnership. Extensive trade and commercial ties have further strengthened the bond between the two and their names are called in one breath in both the countries.
1. United Kingdom
Unsurprisingly, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland tops the list as the strongest ally of USA due to their strong bilateral Anglo-American Relations. Moreover, United kingdom scores very high on the stability factor and has been a confidant of USA for a very long time. Moreover, UK has backed US in all major wars including Invasion of Afghanistan and the Invasion of Iraq by sending countless troops and aircraft as help. It has been a solid and reliable ally for over two centuries and their relationship is still going strong.