Publications

Australia and Sri Lanka: Air connectivity in the Indian Ocean region

Author(s): George I. H. Cooke
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

The success of the two countries’ naval cooperation shows the potential for expanded partnership. By George I. H. Cooke Australia and Sri Lanka’s recent experience working together to prevent people smuggling from Sri Lanka has been one of the more significant, and largely unreported, wins in...

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Diego Garcia: The US has a clear choice

Author(s): Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

The Mauritian ambassador to the UN on recognising the country’s sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago. By Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul Publication link The National Security College (NSC) is leading a two-year research project on Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy in the Indian Ocean.  One of the...

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India-China conflict: A move from the Himalayas to the high seas?

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

A risky naval blockade in the Indian Ocean is touted by some as a way to pressure China’s vital energy routes. By Dr David Brewster Last month’s clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh was the most significant conflict between the two countries since 1967. Despite signs of a partial...

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Decolonise Diego Garcia: Why America should not fear Mauritius

Author(s): Dr Peter Harris
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

Only a deal with Port Louis can put the future of the US base beyond question and preserve a crucial staging post. By Dr Peter Harris The United States military base on Diego Garcia has a problem: it is housed inside an unlawful jurisdiction, the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). According...

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Australia should support India in the Himalayas

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

If Canberra wants a “comprehensive strategic partnership” with New Delhi, some courageous steps are needed. By Dr David Brewster The conflict between India and China on their disputed Himalayan border may be an important turning point in their relationship. Australia should take the opportunity...

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Diego Garcia: India’s conundrum

Author(s): Abhijit Singh
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

New Delhi declared unequivocal support for “all peoples striving for decolonisation”, only to keep conspicuously quiet. By Abhijit Singh The tug-of-war between the United Kingdom and Mauritius over Chagos Archipelago – and the US military base on Diego Garcia – is hotting up. In 2019, the United...

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Navigating Uncertainty: The Future of Futures Analysis in the Australian Public Service

Author(s): Wilson, L, Young, R, Kapetas, A
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

Nations and governments today face complex structural challenges; the result of several decades of sweeping economic, technological and social change. The COVID-19 pandemic, and government responses worldwide, will likely ensure that the 2020s is a ‘decisional decade’. The critical choices we...

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India-Australia strategic partnership: Leveraging aerospace capacity

Author(s): M Matheswaran
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

The two countries have an opportunity to pursue air-power cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, where stability is essential. By M Matheswaran The forthcoming virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison assumes considerable significance for...

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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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