This the first in a series of three papers commissioned for a project that ASPI has been jointly running with Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The project explores the rationale for and possible mechanisms of closer Australia–Canada defence and security cooperation in the Asia–Pacific. The paper is authored by CIGI's James Manicom.
The paper considers strategic and security challenges in the region. Canada and Australia - resource-based economies with a record of bilateral and institutional engagement in the region, and important US allies - have an interest in these challenges, and in ensuring regional strategic stability that promotes economic growth.