Publications

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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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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Why South Asia may come out of Covid-19 crisis better than many expect

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

A younger demographic and less social reliance on the state could see local nations seeking advantage amid the changes. By Dr David Brewster Many people assume that South Asia is a sitting target for coronavirus, with potentially millions of deaths leading to an impoverished and destabilised...

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Back to the future: Keeping Australian air lines of communication open

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

Not for the first time Australia is cut off from the world. Government has an essential role in preserving a connection. By Dr David Brewster One of the (many) astounding things that have come out of the Covid-19 crisis is just how fragile are Australia’s connections with the outside world. The...

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Australia can’t continue to divide the Indian Ocean in two

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

We’re approaching an Indo-Pacific strategy with a glass half-full – best to fill it up entirely. By David Brewster Australia’s definition of the “Indo-Pacific” currently includes much of the Pacific Ocean as well as the eastern Indian Ocean, but excludes the western Indian Ocean. This is no...

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The Future of the Undersea Deterrent: A Global Survey

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Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Book

Publication download link Edited by Rory Medcalf, Katherine Mansted, Stephan Frühling and James Goldrick Amid rapid geopolitical change at the start of the 2020s, nuclear weapons manifest grim continuity with the previous century. Especially persistent is a capability that has existed since the...

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India-Australia strategic convergence … with differences

Author(s): Manjeet S. Pardesi
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Publications

Both countries need to psychologically prepare for a “new” world of rising powers and those in relative decline. By Manjeet S. Pardesi Recent years have witnessed a dramatic transformation of the Indian-Australian strategic relationship. While Australia worried about India’s naval expansion in...

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Diego Garcia: The costs of defending an Indian Ocean outpost

Author(s): Samuel Bashfield
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Publications

Australian support for Britain’s contentious Chagos sovereignty claim risks delegitimising its South China Sea policy. By Samuel Bashfield On 22 November, the United Kingdom failed to comply with UN Resolution 73/295 passed in May, which demanded the UK “withdraw its colonial administration from...

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Australia’s stance on Diego Garcia dispute is increasingly untenable

Author(s): Dr David Brewster
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: OP Eds

A window is fast closing to resolve Mauritian claims to the Chagos archipelago and secure a crucial US base. By Dr David Brewster The US base on the island of Diego Garcia, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is among the most important US military facilities in the world, and is the foundation...

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