Strategic interests

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Policy report

The need for U.S.—Australia leadership to counter China across the Indo-Pacific

This paper argues that the United States and Australia must leverage their strong relationship to deepen existing partnerships, build nascent strategic ties, and find new ways to cooperate in the face of an aggressive China bent on exerting itself across the Indo-Pacific region.
Briefing paper

India-Australia relations likely to get stronger

This paper argues that after a decline in Sino-Indian relations, which appears unlikely to improve in the near term, India has maintained a subtle foreign policy approach in its relationship with China, while deepening its relationship with Australia and other regional partners.
Report

The Australia–India strategic partnership: accelerating security cooperation in the Indo–Pacific

This paper suggests that the existing constraints on the India–Australia security partnership, while real and important to recognise, are not insurmountable. In most instances, they can be navigated by officials on both sides.
Report

Eyes wide open: managing the Australia-China Antarctic relationship

The recommendations in the report are designed to maximise the value and mitigate the downside risks of China engagement for Australia's Antarctic and broader national interests.
Report

The peril of modern democracy: short-term thinking in a long-term world

Democracy has many advantages, but its pitfalls include a tendency toward short-term return over longer-term interests, being reactive rather than proactive, and being geared towards internal competition rather than cooperation. This report argues that this is a key problem facing liberal democracies.
Report

Chinese and Australian interests in Timor-Leste: at odds or mutually beneficial?

This paper argues that while there is little evidence to support the claim that China already has a strong degree of influence in Timor-Leste, it is also necessary, in Australia’s strategic outlook, to be alert to the implications of such a possibility in the future.
Report

China’s strategic objectives and ambitions in the South-West Pacific

This paper argues that China has a key and, in the eyes of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), legitimate reason to focus its efforts in the South-West Pacific: to break out from Washington’s efforts to contain China’s influence and displace the United States as the...
Report

A new platform for deepening economic ties: the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) is a major effort by both governments to increase trade and investment between the two countries. This report examines what IA-CEPA delivers on the traditional trade agenda for both countries in terms of tariff reductions, addressing non-tariff measures...
Report

Once more with feeling: Russia and the Asia-Pacific

This analysis argues that real changes are taking place, both in Moscow’s approach towards the Asia-Pacific and in Russian foreign policy more generally. There is a demonstrably greater appetite to reach out to the countries and institutions of the Asia-Pacific region.
Report

Long-term external security threats from Indonesia’s perspective - part 2: Australia and ASEAN stability

This paper is the second part of a series that looks at some of the possible concerns from Indonesia’s perspective of threats to its security that may arise in the long-term future.