Southeast Asia

Discussion paper

30 Aug 2017

Key points:

The seizure of Marawi city by Daesh-linked militants is a game-changer for Southeast Asia, and presents a threat to all countries of the region. Limiting the movement of money, technology, recruits and planning support to extremist groups in the southern Philippines...

Report

3 Aug 2017

More than any other region, Southeast Asia has become a venue for strategic competition between the United States and China over the past decade. The People’s Liberation Army challenges the US military’s dominance in the South China Sea; American and Chinese diplomats face off over...

Research report

21 Jul 2017

The May 2017 takeover of the southern Philippine city of Marawi by an alliance of pro-ISIS militants will have ramifications for the region long after the Philippines military retakes the city. These could include a higher risk of violent attacks in other Philippine cities and...

Research report

30 Jun 2017

Australia’s preoccupation with the US-China dynamic in recent years is unsurprising — given its historic relationship with America and the size of economic engagement with China. It is to be expected that some see a role for Australia in mediating the intensifying contest between these...

Journal article

19 Jun 2017

During 2011, the United States and Australia agreed to the deployment of a US Marine Corps force to Darwin, Australia, to be rotated on a seasonal basis. This expeditionary force aspires to strengthen the interoperability between the US military and Australian Defence Force. It also...

Research report

21 Feb 2017

Overview

For thirteen years, the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) has served as a regional rallying point for much-needed counterterrorism capacity development and cooperation.

Since its inception in 2004, with strong bilateral support from the Australian Government, JCLEC’s operating and...

Research report

20 Dec 2016

As the battle for Mosul unfolds in Iraq, Australian policymakers must carefully consider Australia’s long-term objectives in the Middle East. One critical question needs to be answered because it’s central to the process of making strategy. What is the Australian policy objective: to what end...

Research report

15 Nov 2016

Introduction

Successive Australian governments have invested heavily in efforts to combat people smuggling and human trafficking in Southeast Asia. In 2002, Australia helped establish the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, which it co-chairs with Indonesia. Since...

Discussion paper

5 Jul 2016

Australia is positioned next to south-east Asia, where one billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. Only half the population in the Pacific Island countries have access to such facilities, while poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions have contributed to children in remote Australian...

Research report

27 Jun 2016

Overview

Manis is the Bahasa word for ‘sweet’. It also could symbolise a grouping of maritime partners on the southern edge of South-east Asia: Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore.

MANIS regional maritime cooperation forum, could address a vast range of...

Transcript

3 May 2016

This article presents a discussion with counter-terrorism expert Sidney Jones, relating to some of the potential security challenges confronting Indonesia.

Relative to its size, Indonesia has a jihadist movement that is very small and, for the most part, quite unsuccessful. Renowned counter-terrorism expert and...

Commentary

Article

17 Mar 2016

Defence and economics mix in ways that aren’t considered by military strategists

ONE OF the convictions that drives military policy in the developed world is a shared belief in the importance of keeping sea lanes open. For the authors of Australia’s white paper...

Commentary

Article

25 Jan 2016

There has been a lot of breathless commentary about ASEAN lately; researchers and consultants alike have been making big claims about the ASEAN Economic Community surpassing China as the powerhouse of the East. But, asks Len Perry in the Australian Review of Public Affairs ,...

Research report

15 Dec 2015

Overview

Although the prime focus of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been on establishing a state—a caliphate—in the Middle East, it has also sought to gain a presence beyond that area. Southeast Asia is one region that’s now receiving...

Research report

4 Dec 2015

Overview

The Asian Perspectives on Civil-Military-Police Relations and Coordination in Disaster Management study explores the historical evolution of civil-military-police relations in Asia and the role that the military plays in Asian societies today in relation to disaster response. It focuses on how military...

Research report

30 Nov 2015

Overview

Vietnam’s foreign policy is at an important crossroads. Recent actions by China, particularly in the South China Sea, and a sophisticated adjustment in approach by the United States have combined with demographic and other changes within the country to cause a significant...

Journal article

18 Nov 2015

Freedoms of navigation and overflight (FON) are extremely important to Australia both economically and strategically. This is mainly because of Australia’s dependence on seaborne trade most of which passes through the archipelagos to our north and north-east. The archipelagic arc stretching from Indonesia, the Philippines...

Commentary

Article

18 Nov 2015

Proceeding from the new access granted to People's Liberation Army (PLA) Naval vessels to the Malaysian port of Kota Kinabalu, the commentary asks why this should have occurred now given that Chinese ships have for years been anchored in Malaysian waters claiming them as part...

Research report

28 Oct 2015

Abstract

In late 2014, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo unveiled his ‘global maritime axis’ concept, designed to reinvigorate the country’s identity as a maritime nation, better defend its seas and boost the maritime sector. His ambitious plan, also known as the ‘Jokowi doctrine’, is...

Discussion paper

29 Sep 2015

As an emerging maritime power, Indonesia will encounter a variety of considerations in deciding how it will project its power in the region. In the lead up to his election, Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised to strengthen Indonesia’s maritime security, develop regional diplomatic ties and...