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This volume asks whether the Asia Pacific region can preserve order and stability while managing a strategic transformation.
The assessments assembled in this volume broadly confirm the judgement that the Asia Pacific continued over the past year to deplete its most...
This paper outlines the dilemmas faced by Asian countries caught in strategic competition between great powers.
This paper by Singapore’s Ambassador-at-large Bilahari Kausikan was the inaugural Shedden Lecture in Strategy and Defence. It artfully describes the tension regional countries face and...
In this Lowy Institute Report Nonresident Fellows Linda Jakobson and Rory Medcalf identify both the real differences in interests between China and other powers in the Indo-Pacific, but also the sharp divergences in perceptions regarding China’s maritime strategic objectives.
This paper argues that by identifying clear ideas about acceptable conduct in the key domains (Maritime, Space and Cyber) the US and China can avoid conflict without presuming away differences of interest or opinion.
This paper examines the possible escalation of conflict between China and Japan and the implications for Australia and the US.
Executive summary:Political competition and a lack of crisis management mechanisms could make it very hard for China and Japan to resist...
Few defence topics have been as prominent or invested with as much optimism in recent years as defence diplomacy. This paper has been created to explore the issue and help guide policymakers.
Few Defence topics have been as prominent or invested...
This paper explores how the concept of ‘political settlement’ in statebuilding arose, identifies its essential elements, the level of consensus around them, and tests out some of its normative content.
Over the past five years, several major international development policy statements...
This paper analyses the reasons why President Putin decided to invade Ukraine and annex Crimea, the implications of this for Russia’s return as a major power, and the broader geopolitical policy implications.
Executive summaryThis is the worst crisis in Europe since...
This paper examines criticisms of Australia’s strategic shift towards an outgoing defence posture within Asia.
Australia’s two recent Defence White Papers have continued the country’s strategic shift towards an outgoing defence posture within Asia, and a further shift away from its...
The Abbott government should abandon its pledge to spend 2 percent of Australia’s GDP on Defence, argues this report.
• In 2012-13 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was used to measure and define the debate over Australia’s Defence spending.