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.
Report

Smart, successful, strong: the case for investing in adolescent girls' education in aid and COVID-19 response and recovery

This report shines a light on the impact of COVID-19 on adolescent girls in South-East Asia and the Pacific and their experiences of accessing secondary education over the last twelve months.
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State of the United States: an evolving alliance agenda

With the Biden Administration in Washington committed to both the Indo-Pacific and the value of alliances — and 2021 marking the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty — this publication advances an agenda for the U.S/Australia alliance at this critical time.
Book

The China alternative

In this book, 17 leading scholars analyse key dimensions of the changing relationship between China and the Pacific Islands, and explore the strategic, economic and diplomatic implications for regional actors.
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Adapting Australia to an era of geoeconomic competition

Geoeconomics poses an historic challenge for Australian diplomacy. For three decades, Australia has benefited immensely from a cooperative, rules-based and liberalising economic order in the IndoPacific. While liberal settings have served Australia well during the era of cooperative economic relations, this paper argues that they...
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Leaping across the ocean: the port operators behind China's naval expansion

The People’s Republic of China's (PRC) overseas investment in critical infrastructure poses a significant challenge to Australia and to other nations that don’t share China’s strategic interests. This report argues that Australia should adopt a whole-of-nation approach to safeguarding the resilience of critical infrastructure in...
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Global Security Forum 2020: a new era for U.S. alliances

This report argues that America's future alliance system will rely on both renewal of existing bedrock structures, and the addition of new purpose-built organisations and enduring coalitions, that focus on addressing key challenges in democratic institutions, supply chains, technology governance and other emerging issues.
Fact sheet

Overview: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a regional free trade agreement that will complement and build upon Australia’s existing free trade agreements with 14 other Indo-Pacific countries. This resources provides an overview of what has been agreed to.
Report

The case for Australia to step up in Southeast Asia

This paper argues that Australia shares significant overlap of geographically-derived interests with the emerging middle powers of Southeast Asia. As such, the importance of developing Southeast Asia functions as a protective membrane for Australia’s own prosperity and security.
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Beijing’s great game in the Indo-Pacific: future dynamics

This paper argues that the dynamics in the Indo-Pacific will now probably be predicated on pushback against China, which the world is already witnessing with the realignment of alliances, the rise of regional powers and American endurance.