Indo-Pacific Strategy: Indian Ocean Project

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Research summary

The National Security College, with the support of the Australian Department of Defence, is leading a two-year research project titled ‘Made for Multipolarity: Operationalising an Indo-Pacific Strategy in the Indian Ocean’. This project aims to explore plausible futures, power shifts and consequences for the Indian Ocean rim. The project will look at prospects for major power relations along a spectrum from cooperation through to conflict, but with a focus on current trends of competition and power dynamics of the wider Indo-Pacific. Focus will be on signs of emerging multipolarity and the agency and interests of middle players such as Australia, particularly in regards to opportunities for capacity building and security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The project will also look at new security architectures for the Indian Ocean within the context of the wider Indo-Pacific and what lessons from the strategic dynamics of the Indian Ocean can be applied to growing competition in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.

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