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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

Ties between Delhi and Canberra crucial to Indo-Pacific security
C. Raja Mohan
11 November 2021 | Spectator

The relationship between India and Australia has grown rapidly in recent years, underpinned by a convergence of security interests in the Indo-Pacific and complemented by their membership of the revived…

Australian universities can’t rely on India if funds from Chinese students start to fall
Salvatore Babones
21 August 2019 | The Conversation

Australia’s leading universities are now looking to India in search of new sources of international students. This comes amid worries they may have reached a “China max” – no more…

Countering China’s BRI march
Hugh Morrison
05 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

As China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marches west through Southern Asia, diplomatic envoys criss-cross the Indo-pacific like honeybees; collecting assurances, and pollinating relationships. Australia, the US, India & Japan…

Why is China being Pakistan’s ‘knight in shining armour’?
Aarti Sharad Seksaria
19 January 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

China’s recent move of defending Pakistan against international criticism is not a first. Nor is it going to be the last. If anything, Trump’s discontent and coldness towards Pakistan is…

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…