Policy & History

The U.S. relationship with Brunei has always been friendly and cooperative, and the level of bilateral engagement has increased significantly in recent years as part of the broader U.S. effort to rebalance to Asia. The relationship dates back to April 6, 1845 when the USS Constitution, or “Old Ironsides,” arrived in Brunei Bay to start more than 170 years of friendly relations. Five years later, we concluded the Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Navigation, which is still in effect. These days, our friendship and cooperation is reflected in our military-to-military training and exercises; our work on trade and economic development; our increasing number of educational opportunities; and last but by no means least our many cultural and people-to-people exchange programs.