Responding to Indo-Pacific rivalry: Australia, India and middle power coalitions

8 Aug 2014

In this Analysis, Lowy Institute International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf and Nonresident Fellow C. Raja Mohan argue that Chinese assertiveness and uncertainties about America’s role in Indo-Pacific Asia are causing middle powers to look for alternative approaches to regional security. The Analysis argues that enhanced security cooperation between Indo-Pacific middle powers should be extended to the creation of “middle-power coalitions” in the region.

Key findings

  • China’s assertiveness and uncertainties about America’s response are causing middle powers in Indo-Pacific Asia to looking beyond traditional approaches to security
  • Cooperation between Indo-Pacific middle power coalitions would build regional resilience against the vagaries of US-China relations
  • India and Australia are well placed to form the core of middle power coalition building
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