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Strategic Futures for the Indian Ocean: A Roundtable

Author(s): Tarapore, A, Brewster, D, Bo, H, Cooper, Z, Mukherjee, R, Dean, P, Sullivan de Estrada, K, Byrne, C
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

India is the most consequential strategic actor in the Indian Ocean but its capabilities and intentions — and therefore the ocean’s strategic trajectory — will continue to evolve. This Asia Policy roundtable — drawn from a strategic futures exercise hosted by the ANU National Security College (NSC...

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New Indo-Pacific Partnership: Building Australia-Bangladesh Security Ties

Author(s): David Brewster
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

As part of its Indo-Pacific strategy, Australia needs to broaden its engagement in South Asia. For at least a decade, Australia has rightly concentrated on its partnership with India, but it is now time to broaden that strategy to include other countries in that region. Bangladesh should be an...

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Protecting Education Exports: Minimising the damage of China’s future economic coercion

Author(s): Dirk van der Kley, Benjamin Herscovitch
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

Coercion against Australia’s education sector would significantly impact the nation’s prosperity. Education is Australia’s only remaining export to China valued over $10 billion annually which is both reliant on China and which Beijing can target without significant self-harm. And unlike many...

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Australia as a Space Power: Combining Civil, Defence and Diplomatic Efforts

Author(s): Cassandra Steer
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

Space is a critical strategic domain for Australia’s civilian and military interests but is increasingly congested, contested and competitive. Major powers are engaged in a destabilising space arms race – China, Russia and the United States have rejected the strategic restraint that kept space a...

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Senate inquiry into foreign policy research funding: submission from Head of NSC

Author(s): Professor Rory Medcalf
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

In this submission to an Australian Senate inquiry, the Head of the National Security College, Professor Rory Medcalf, argues for foreign and security policy research to be a national priority, linked to clear requirements for national-interest relevance and collaboration between institutions. He...

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Clever Country in a Changed World: Re-Thinking Australian Science Policy

Author(s): Paul Harris
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The global science and technology system has undergone massive change since 2000 and is now a key site of geoeconomic competition between states. For the first time in Australia’s history, its most significant partner for science collaboration will be a country other than its principal ally, the...

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Embracing Difference: Governance of Critical Technologies in the Indo-Pacific

Author(s): Jolyon Ford, Damian Clifford
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

This paper considers what an approach to human rights and the ethical governance of critical technologies could entail for Quad members. Its focus is data-driven technologies, like artificial intelligence. The key insight of the paper is that policymaking and diplomacy on critical technologies...

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The Digital Indo-Pacific: Regional Connectivity and Resilience

Author(s): Trisha Ray, Sangeet Jain, Arjun Jayakumar, Anurag Reddy
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The aim of this paper is to lay a foundation for inclusive collaboration toward a Digital Indo-Pacific, which accounts for the region’s differing but complementary strengths. A relatively new entrant in geopolitical nomenclature, the ‘Indo-Pacific’ has expanded to capture several ideas: the rule of...

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Building Cooperation: Cyber, Critical Technology and National Security

Author(s): Kohei Takahashi, Tatsuo Ide, Ikuo Takahashi, Kazuo Tokito, Takahiro Sasaki
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The novel coronavirus pandemic has illustrated the significant role of states in enacting effective multilateral responses toward the pandemic, which has transformed the relationship between individuals and states. However, the pandemic has also revealed the vulnerability of international...

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Networked: Techno-Democratic Statecraft for Australia and the Quad

Author(s): Martijn Rasser
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

World leaders recognize that a strategic competition is underway and that the geopolitical context in which it will play out is morphing. Many of these leaders also understand that technology is at the core of this competition. Technology-leading countries will drive the digital economy, gaining...

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