Publications

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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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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