Publications

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

Author(s): Samuel Bashfield
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Journal Article

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 atoll is ceded from the U.K. to Mauritius. Diego Garcia has become a critically important military base, facilitating U.S. power projection into...

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

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

Beijing’s Belt and Road could get very expensive indeed, with cash New Delhi will find hard to match. By Dr David Brewster In recent times, Australia has been searching for ways to support its Pacific “family” through the Covid-19 crisis with an eye on China’s moves. India has also been trying to...

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Diversifying Air Power: Broadening Air Force’s value proposition in an age of high contest

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

How should Air Force contribute to Australian Defence Force (ADF) strategy? In answering this question, it is important to start from first principles. By definition, Air Force remains responsible for the provision of air power capabilities to meet national defence requirements. Combat excellence...

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Transparent Oceans? The Coming SSBN Counter-Detection Task May Be Insuperable

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Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Project reports

A first principles analysis of new technologies and the detection of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Publication download link Authors: Roger Bradbury, Scott Bainbridge, Katherine Daniell, Anne-Marie Grisogono, Ehsan Nabavi, Andrew Stuchbery, Thomas Vacca, Scott Vella and...

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China 2030: Power in a Disrupted World

Author(s): Young, R.
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

Our new series of Future Insights Papers are designed to help policymakers develop and test futures scenarios, conduct horizon scanning, and integrate futures analysis into their work. The Papers are designed to present provocative conversation-starters and arguable propositions, not definitive...

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Diego Garcia: An American perspective

Author(s): Michael McDevitt
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

A bid by Mauritius to claim the Chagos Archipelago puts the future of the base in question. Does the US have an answer? By Michael McDevitt Diego Garcia is the United States’ major geostrategic and logistics support base in the Indian Ocean. Sovereignty over the island is increasingly being...

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Islands of opportunity: Where India and Australia can work together

Author(s): Darshana Baruah
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

Joint access to Andaman and Nicobar islands and Cocos island offers a chance to extend patrols and strategic ties. By Darshana Baruah As India and Australia prepare for a virtual summit next month between prime ministers amid the coronavirus pandemic, a possible strategic initiative could involve...

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Mauritius, Diego Garcia and the small matter of nukes

Author(s): Samuel Bashfield
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

Mauritius can’t have sovereignty over the Chagos and US nuclear weapons housed on Diego Garcia. Or can it? By Samuel Bashfield Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia is a key part of the US global military network. The dispute over sovereignty of Diego Garcia is heating up, with the UK coming under...

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

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

It’s easy to imagine a distracted United States could leave Australia even more reliant on regional security partners, including India. By David Brewster Covid-19 will no doubt have many long-term consequences for our region that we can now only begin to imagine. One consequence that is easy to...

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

Author(s): Frédéric Grare
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

Looking towards a post–Covid-19 world, France views Australia as a key strategic partner in the region. By Frédéric Grare Every government is struggling with the Covid-19 crisis, with one eye to the post-coronavirus world. In this context, it may be worth looking at the French perception of...

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