Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order
Benjamin Herscovitch
01 September 2014 | FPA10

With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition to a balance of power system divided between China, the United States, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To mitigate dangerously destabilising…

Preserving Peace as China Rises I
Benjamin Herscovitch
13 March 2014 | FPA9

Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese ambitions is urgently needed. This report proposes three complementary strategies to safeguard stability in the Indo-Pacific: Prolong US leadership; protect the territorial status quo; and pursue a policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’…

Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look
Simon Cowan
24 October 2012 | PM130

The Future Submarine Project – replacement of Australia’s 6 ailing Collins Class submarines with 12 Future Submarines – has a potential cost of $40 billion. The Future Submarine is likely to involve a substantially redesign of an existing diesel powered submarine to meet Australia’s needs.…

Unrealised Potential: India’s ‘Soft Power’ Ambition in Asia
John Lee
30 June 2010 | FPA4

This paper makes the argument that India’s enormous ‘soft power’ potential in Asia is based on the fact that a rising India (unlike China) complements rather than challenges the preferred strategic, cultural and normative regional order. The paper also argues that India’s existing ‘soft power’…

The importance of India: restoring sight to Australia’s strategic blind spot
John Lee
05 November 2009 | FPA2

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has invited leading politicians and opinion makers in the region to a conference in early December in Sydney to discuss his vision of an Asia-Pacific Community and building inclusive institutions to discuss the full spectrum of security matters in the region.…

Media & Commentary

In praise of Southeast Asia’s miracle
Tom Switzer
11 August 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

If you didn’t notice that this week marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), don’t worry: most Australians didn’t either. But ASEAN’s milestone…

Beijing’s hypocrisy on Ukraine discredits Chinese foreign policy
Benjamin Herscovitch
11 February 2015 | Business Spectator

Last week’s three-way meeting between the Russian, Indian and Chinese foreign ministers in Beijing offered a stark lesson in diplomatic dishonesty. With Russia still pouring arms and troops into eastern…

Economic liberals should exercise caution in their praise of Narendra Modi
Trisha Jha
28 November 2014

Last week saw the first visit to Australia by an Indian Prime Minister in 28 years, to an enthusiastic reception from politicians and the Indian diaspora in Australia alike. Whether Narendra…

Half-baked language policy is al dente
Benjamin Herscovitch
02 November 2012

The government’s recently released white paper, Australia in the Asian Century, is heavy on big picture macroeconomic analysis about Australia’s place in Asia and light on concrete policy proposals. One…

A cultural revolution to celebrate
Benjamin Herscovitch
27 October 2012 | The Spectator

Half a world away from US imperial decline and European economic decay, the vista that stretches from the offices of Bengaluru’s nimble start-ups to Shenzhen’s hulking manufacturers is dazzling. Just…