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National Security Election Snapshot: International Security and Key Partnerships

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Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: Policy

National security has been prominent in Australia’s 2022 Federal Election campaign. This document is part of a series that intends to provide a snapshot of some priorities and targets from the different political parties in the lead-up to the election. International partnerships and alliances are...

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National Security Election Snapshot: Domestic Security

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Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: Policy

National security has been prominent in Australia’s 2022 Federal Election campaign. This document is part of a series that intends to provide a snapshot of some priorities and targets from the different political parties in the lead-up to the election. The risks to Australia’s domestic security...

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India consolidates its role in southern Maldives

Author(s): Dr David Brewster
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: OP Eds

But Australia and other international partners have a role, too. The visit in recent days by Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to Maldives is further demonstration of India’s intention to build long-term ties. Jaishankar’s visit to Addu Atoll, in the far south of the country, also...

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Australia begins to step it up in the northeast Indian Ocean

Author(s): Dr David Brewster
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: OP Eds

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives are keen in engage and will help plug a gap in Australia’s Indo Pacific strategy. Australia’s focus on building the India relationship has led to the relative neglect of other important Indian Ocean states. This has left a hole in its Indo Pacific strategy. Last...

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Fighting a war in the nuclear shadow

Author(s): Dr David Brewster
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: OP Eds

As NATO and Russia edge ever closer to conflict in Ukraine, a popular view is that any direct encounter between them will almost inevitably lead to nuclear war. Certainly, that’s the line that Russian President Vladimir Putin is spinning. In fact, history shows that there may be a lot of space for...

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The curious case of Blenheim Reef

Author(s): David Brewster, Samuel Bashfield
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: OP Eds

A coral reef in the middle of the Indian Ocean, owned by no one, is fast becoming a focus of international controversy. A remote sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean, known as Blenheim Reef, is hitting the international news. The Mauritian government has sponsored an expedition to the reef...

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Reform of Australia's Electronic Surveillance Framework

Author(s): Stoltz, W, Dalla-Pozza, D
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: Policy

In this submission to the Department of Home Affairs, in response to the Reform of Australia’s electronic surveillance framework discussion paper, Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza and Dr William Stoltz establish several recommendations.

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Indian Ocean step-up

Author(s): Dr David Brewster
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: OP Eds

India is in the driver’s seat to build new security structures in the region, but it can’t do it alone. Like Australia in the Pacific, India has been pursuing its own Indian Ocean island step-up, largely driven by concerns about China’s growing influence in the region. This has included increased...

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Australia and the United Kingdom: an Indo-Pacific security agenda for a revitalised partnership

Author(s): Medcalf, R, Nouwens, V
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: Policy

The strategic relationship between Australia and the United Kingdom has gained fresh prominence, with the announcement of AUKUS and Britain’s ‘tilt’ to the Indo-Pacific under its 2021 Integrated Review. In this paper, Head of the ANU National Security College Professor Rory Medcalf and Royal...

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Maldives embroiled in Mauritius-UK tussle over Chagos

Author(s): Ahmed Mujuthaba, David Brewster
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: OP Eds

A seemingly tranquil archipelago in the central Indian Ocean has wide-ranging strategic significance for key players. For decades, Mauritius and the United Kingdom have been in a dispute over ownership of the Chagos Islands in the central Indian Ocean. Recently, Maldives has become entangled in “...

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