Publications

Clever Country in a Changed World: Re-Thinking Australian Science Policy

Author(s): Paul Harris
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The global science and technology system has undergone massive change since 2000 and is now a key site of geoeconomic competition between states. For the first time in Australia’s history, its most significant partner for science collaboration will be a country other than its principal ally, the...

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Agalega: A glimpse of India’s remote island military base

Author(s): Samuel Bashfield
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: OP Eds

Satellite imagery reveals the transformation of an Indian Ocean island into a strategic outpost. Many questions remain. The small, remote Mauritian island of North Agalega, located in the south-western Indian Ocean, 1,122 kilometres north of Mauritius, is currently a hive of construction activity...

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The Mozambique Channel is the next security hotspot

Author(s): Dr David Brewster
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: OP Eds

An Islamist insurgency is spilling danger into a major shipping lane, and countries must decide who they want to fix it. The waters off Mozambique are becoming a major new security hotspot in the Indian Ocean. An Islamist insurrection in northern Mozambique that the government seems powerless to...

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Russia wants to be a power to be reckoned with in the Indian Ocean

Author(s): Dr Alexey Muraviev
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: OP Eds

No public strategy is defined, but a list of Moscow’s military and paramilitary activity in the region is revealing. February this year was marked by a heightened Russian naval activity in the Indian Ocean. Russian naval task groups drawn from the Baltic and Black Sea fleets took part in two...

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India should prioritise a denial strategy in the Indian Ocean

Author(s): Arzan Tarapore
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: OP Eds

The stand-off with China in the Himalayas has raised a broader debate about India’s strategic outlook. To break the border stand-off between India and China in the Himalayas, some Indian analysts have advocated going on the offensive against China in the Indian Ocean. But that would be vague,...

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Chagos: A boundary dispute tips over a sovereignty ruling

Author(s): Natalie Klein
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: OP Eds

A case between Mauritius and Maldives stands on the ICJ opinion on the former’s claim to the Chagos Archipelago. The decision last month of a Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea on a maritime boundary dispute between Mauritius and the Maldives reflects two...

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Embracing Difference: Governance of Critical Technologies in the Indo-Pacific

Author(s): Jolyon Ford, Damian Clifford
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

This paper considers what an approach to human rights and the ethical governance of critical technologies could entail for Quad members. Its focus is data-driven technologies, like artificial intelligence. The key insight of the paper is that policymaking and diplomacy on critical technologies...

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The Digital Indo-Pacific: Regional Connectivity and Resilience

Author(s): Trisha Ray, Sangeet Jain, Arjun Jayakumar, Anurag Reddy
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The aim of this paper is to lay a foundation for inclusive collaboration toward a Digital Indo-Pacific, which accounts for the region’s differing but complementary strengths. A relatively new entrant in geopolitical nomenclature, the ‘Indo-Pacific’ has expanded to capture several ideas: the rule of...

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Building Cooperation: Cyber, Critical Technology and National Security

Author(s): Kohei Takahashi, Tatsuo Ide, Ikuo Takahashi, Kazuo Tokito, Takahiro Sasaki
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The novel coronavirus pandemic has illustrated the significant role of states in enacting effective multilateral responses toward the pandemic, which has transformed the relationship between individuals and states. However, the pandemic has also revealed the vulnerability of international...

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Networked: Techno-Democratic Statecraft for Australia and the Quad

Author(s): Martijn Rasser
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

World leaders recognize that a strategic competition is underway and that the geopolitical context in which it will play out is morphing. Many of these leaders also understand that technology is at the core of this competition. Technology-leading countries will drive the digital economy, gaining...

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