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Mauritian sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago? Strategic implications for Diego Garcia from a UK-US perspective

This article examines the implications for the U.S. military base in Diego Garcia, located in the Chagos Archipelago, in the event that sovereignty of the...

Mauritius, Diego Garcia and the small matter of nukes

Mauritius can’t have sovereignty over the Chagos and US nuclear weapons housed on Diego Garcia. Or can it?


Islands of opportunity: Where India and Australia can work together

Joint access to Andaman and Nicobar islands and Cocos island offers a chance to extend patrols and strategic ties.


Diego Garcia: An American perspective

A bid by Mauritius to claim the Chagos Archipelago puts the future of the base in question. Does the US have an answer?


Covid contest in Indian Ocean region: India, China jostle for top spot

Beijing’s Belt and Road could get very expensive indeed, with cash New Delhi will find hard to match.


Back to the future: Keeping Australian air lines of communication open

Not for the first time Australia is cut off from the world. Government has an essential role in preserving a connection.


Why South Asia may come out of Covid-19 crisis better than many expect

A younger demographic and less social reliance on the state could see local nations seeking advantage amid the changes.


Australia’s stance on Diego Garcia dispute is increasingly untenable

A window is fast closing to resolve Mauritian claims to the Chagos archipelago and secure a crucial US base.


A French perspective on Australia’s role in the Indian Ocean

Looking towards a post–Covid-19 world, France views Australia as a key strategic partner in the region.


Beyond Covid, Australia’s big stake in India’s military reorganisation

It’s easy to imagine a distracted United States could leave Australia even more reliant on regional security partners, including India.



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