Publications

The Strategic Implications of Manipulative Digital Platforms: A Trust-Driven Approach

Author(s): Dr. Zac Rogers
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

Australia’s strategic environment is rapidly changing. The most measurable changes are shifts in the regional balance of power and intensifying competition for influence in the Indo-Pacific. These developments have been complicated and exacerbated by the uncertainty generated by the presidency of...

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A China-Iran bilateral deal: Costs all around

Author(s): Jeffrey Payne
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

By Jeffrey Payne Beijing sees an opportunity in Tehran’s international isolation – but may not realise the tangle it is entering. Rumors circling about an impending major partnership between China and Iran seem to be accurate. A leaked draft of the agreement published by the New York Times in...

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Tackling environmental security threats in the Indian Ocean

Author(s): David Brewster
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

By David Brewster A “Quad-Plus” could bring together regional expertise and resources to address issues of collective interest. The explosion and fire on board a supertanker off Sri Lanka this month, following closely on last month’s disastrous oil spill in Mauritius, serve as a reminder that...

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National Mobilisation During War: Past Insights, Future Possibilities

Author(s): Dr Peter Layton
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

Publication download link Mobilisation occurs during all conflicts with just the degree of mobilisation varying. Surprisingly then, most mobilisation thinking, doctrine and processes focus almost entirely on pre-war mobilisation activities, aiming to ensure that a nation is adequately prepared for...

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The delusion of India trying to throttle China’s maritime trade

Author(s): Sudarshan Y. Shrikhande
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

Rowdy debates about going for China’s “jugular” in the Malacca Strait should not obscure the practical difficulties. By Sudarshan Y. Shrikhande The current phase of the Sino-Indian border conflict which began in May this year may go on for quite some time. India seems to be hunkering down for a...

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Australia and Sri Lanka: Air connectivity in the Indian Ocean region

Author(s): George I. H. Cooke
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

The success of the two countries’ naval cooperation shows the potential for expanded partnership. By George I. H. Cooke Australia and Sri Lanka’s recent experience working together to prevent people smuggling from Sri Lanka has been one of the more significant, and largely unreported, wins in...

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Diego Garcia: The US has a clear choice

Author(s): Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

The Mauritian ambassador to the UN on recognising the country’s sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago. By Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul Publication link The National Security College (NSC) is leading a two-year research project on Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy in the Indian Ocean.  One of the...

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India-China conflict: A move from the Himalayas to the high seas?

Author(s): David Brewster
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

A risky naval blockade in the Indian Ocean is touted by some as a way to pressure China’s vital energy routes. By Dr David Brewster Last month’s clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh was the most significant conflict between the two countries since 1967. Despite signs of a partial...

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Decolonise Diego Garcia: Why America should not fear Mauritius

Author(s): Dr Peter Harris
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

Only a deal with Port Louis can put the future of the US base beyond question and preserve a crucial staging post. By Dr Peter Harris The United States military base on Diego Garcia has a problem: it is housed inside an unlawful jurisdiction, the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). According...

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Australia should support India in the Himalayas

Author(s): David Brewster
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

If Canberra wants a “comprehensive strategic partnership” with New Delhi, some courageous steps are needed. By Dr David Brewster The conflict between India and China on their disputed Himalayan border may be an important turning point in their relationship. Australia should take the opportunity...

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