Publications

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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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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Diversifying Air Power: Broadening Air Force’s value proposition in an age of high contest

Author(s): Peter Hunter
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

How should Air Force contribute to Australian Defence Force (ADF) strategy? In answering this question, it is important to start from first principles. By definition, Air Force remains responsible for the provision of air power capabilities to meet national defence requirements. Combat excellence...

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Transparent Oceans? The Coming SSBN Counter-Detection Task May Be Insuperable

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Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Project reports

A first principles analysis of new technologies and the detection of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Publication download link Authors: Roger Bradbury, Scott Bainbridge, Katherine Daniell, Anne-Marie Grisogono, Ehsan Nabavi, Andrew Stuchbery, Thomas Vacca, Scott Vella and...

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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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