Publications

Strategic Futures for the Indian Ocean: A Roundtable

Author(s): Tarapore, A, Brewster, D, Bo, H, Cooper, Z, Mukherjee, R, Dean, P, Sullivan de Estrada, K, Byrne, C
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

India is the most consequential strategic actor in the Indian Ocean but its capabilities and intentions — and therefore the ocean’s strategic trajectory — will continue to evolve. This Asia Policy roundtable — drawn from a strategic futures exercise hosted by the ANU National Security College (NSC...

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Kick-starting a new strategic and defence partnership with Bangladesh

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

Australia’s 2020 defence strategic update identifies the northeast Indian Ocean as a priority area as part of our immediate region, but it’s also where our security relationships are the least developed. A new report published by the National Security College examines Australia’s interests in that...

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A rising Bangladesh starts to exert its regional power

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

Dhaka is increasingly confident in an emerging role. The rest of the world would benefit to pay close attention. The recent announcement that Bangladesh would provide US$200 million in aid to Sri Lanka is an important turning point as that country moves from being an impoverished supplicant...

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New Indo-Pacific Partnership: Building Australia-Bangladesh Security Ties

Author(s): David Brewster
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

As part of its Indo-Pacific strategy, Australia needs to broaden its engagement in South Asia. For at least a decade, Australia has rightly concentrated on its partnership with India, but it is now time to broaden that strategy to include other countries in that region. Bangladesh should be an...

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Protecting Education Exports: Minimising the damage of China’s future economic coercion

Author(s): Dirk van der Kley, Benjamin Herscovitch
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

Coercion against Australia’s education sector would significantly impact the nation’s prosperity. Education is Australia’s only remaining export to China valued over $10 billion annually which is both reliant on China and which Beijing can target without significant self-harm. And unlike many...

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Australia as a Space Power: Combining Civil, Defence and Diplomatic Efforts

Author(s): Cassandra Steer
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

Space is a critical strategic domain for Australia’s civilian and military interests but is increasingly congested, contested and competitive. Major powers are engaged in a destabilising space arms race – China, Russia and the United States have rejected the strategic restraint that kept space a...

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Senate inquiry into foreign policy research funding: submission from Head of NSC

Author(s): Professor Rory Medcalf
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

In this submission to an Australian Senate inquiry, the Head of the National Security College, Professor Rory Medcalf, argues for foreign and security policy research to be a national priority, linked to clear requirements for national-interest relevance and collaboration between institutions. He...

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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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