'An incomplete project': Australians' views of the US alliance
The alliance with the United States remains the single most important element in Australia’s approach to managing strategic change in the Indo-Pacific. The authors of this report argue that as Australia adapts to an altered security landscape, it is more important than ever to look...
Mapping the blockchain ecosystem in India and Australia
This report presents the results and findings from the first stage of a collaborative research project, providing a baseline understanding of the non-financial blockchain ecosystem in India and Australia.
Dedication or distraction in Indo-Pacific diplomacy: comparing US Indo-Pacific engagement under the Obama, Trump and Biden presidencies
In advance of the upcoming Asian summit season, this policy brief reflects on US high-level diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific since the Obama Administration’s 'pivot' to the region was announced. The findings emerge from a quantitative catalogue of 1,128 diplomatic meetings held across the Obama, Trump...
Can rubber meet the Road: reassessing US and Indo-Pacific allies’ infrastructure responses to China’s Belt and Road Initiative
In this report, the author argues that by increasing flexibility, focusing on strategic infrastructure, and being proactive not reactive, the United States and its allies stand a greater chance of drawing countries away from China’s Belt and Road Initiative and reducing its strategic risks.
Japan’s security strategy
This report demonstrates the extraordinary proactivity of Japan towards issues of regional order-building, security and defence policy, and military capability development, and teases out the implications for Australia as a closely aligned partner.
Australian views on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
This analysis is informed by interviews with officials from across the Australian Government and in industry bodies with portfolios that are relevant to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework's four pillars. While the authors note that the officials interviewed aren’t the ultimate decision-makers, and that there’s a...
Re-energising Indo-Pacific relations: Australia's clean energy opportunity
This report outlines concrete recommendations on how Australia can lead a transformative energy revolution in the Indo-Pacific region ahead of the Sydney Energy Forum 12–13 July 2022 in Sydney, co-hosted by the Australian Government and the International Energy Agency.
Laying the foundations for AUKUS: strengthening Australia's high-tech ecosystem in support of advanced capabilities
This report argues that Australia should focus on force multipliers for the Australian Defence Force and areas that build foundations for sovereign capability. This will allow Australia to cement itself as a valuable contributor to an integrated trilateral AUKUS defence industrial base and allied supply...
Maximising Australia’s memberships: recalibrating Australia’s engagement with Indo-Pacific groups
This report provides a stocktake of all Australia's Indo-Pacific strategic memberships, from the Five Eyes in 1956 up to AUKUS in late 2021. It then ranks all of Australia's group memberships by their current value and potential and recommends how to resource them.
Investing in our future: building strong and resilient health systems in the Indo-Pacific region
Building strong and resilient health systems across the Indo-Pacific region will require the sustained support of development partners and donors for the foreseeable future. This report presents the findings and recommendations from a rapid desk-based review of the current status of health system strengthening in...
Navigating emerging technology and evolving threats in the U.S.-Australia alliance
This briefing paper argues that the U.S.-Australia alliance has an important role to play in contributing to both strategic stability and deterrence in the Indo-Pacific, but realising this goal will require risk acceptance as part of future policy and strategy.
UK, Australia and ASEAN cooperation for safer seas
A safe and secure Indo-Pacific maritime domain is vital to the UK, Australia and Southeast Asian states for their national prosperity. This report recommends UK–Australia–ASEAN cooperation to elevate and further explore the cyber–maritime security nexus.
Review of international offsets: consultation paper
The Climate Change Authority has commenced public consultation on its review of the assessment principles for international offsets. This consultation paper gives interested parties the opportunity to provide their views on the criteria for accepting offsets for use in Climate Active and Australia’s Indo-Pacific Carbon...
The geopolitics of climate and security in the Indo-Pacific
Climate change is much more than an environmental crisis—it’s a systemic crisis that will transform the geopolitical landscape. In this publication, leading experts explore the impacts of this rapidly emerging climate threat on regional systems by interrogating a 1.5°C 2035 climate change scenario developed by...
An investment-led strategy for building Australia-India economic relations
Australia needs to emphasise investment with India to properly unlock the synergies between the two economies. This report identifies three specific strategies for realising this goal: promoting Australia private sector investment into India, the encouragement of joint ventures in global value chains, and the alignment...
What to expect from the Biden administration's Indo-Pacific strategy
This policy brief looks back at what has happened since President Obama first announced the 'pivot' to Asia ten years ago in Canberra. It also examines the emerging contours of Biden’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific, and outlines what outstanding questions have yet to be addressed.
What is AUKUS and what is it not?
This paper sets out what AUKUS is—a technology accelerator that is about shifting the military balance in the Indo-Pacific. Just as importantly, it also sets out what AUKUS isn’t, to reset some of the discussion. It also proposes a simple performance metric for AUKUS implementers...
A seat at the table: the role of regional multilateral institutions in US Indo-Pacific strategy
This report examines the evolution of US interests in key Asian regional multilateral groupings throughout the Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama and Trump Administrations. It argues that two key interests, namely commitment to advancing regional economic integration, and to deepening political-security cooperation through regional institutions...
Benchmarking critical technologies
There’s a lack of empirical data to ground decision-makers’ advice on everything from capability gaps to priority investment areas. This project is an attempt to begin to bring additional empirical data to the decision-making process.
Between geography and history: Delhi and Canberra in Indo-Pacific security
This paper is an attempt to understand the new context of the India-Australia relationship and how it provides a fresh basis — rooted in both geography and history — for a durable security partnership between Delhi and Canberra.
Snapshot in a turbulent time: Australian HADR capabilities, challenges and opportunities
Australia’s established Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Resilience (HADR) capabilities are facing new and growing challenges. The Indo-Pacific is facing a complex network of established, evolving and intersecting climate, conflict and human-security risks. This report presents a snapshot view of the current Indo-Pacific 'threat-scape'.
Integrated deterrence in the Indo-Pacific: advancing the Australia-United States alliance
This briefing paper examines the evolution and requirements of regional security interoperability among the United States and its regional partners in the Indo-Pacific. It also assesses the evolving state of defence integration between the United States and Australia.
Opportunities for advancing Australia’s strategic interests through existing regional architecture
A key focus of this inquiry was to examine the suitability of existing regional architecture and country-groupings to address key human security issues in the Indo-Pacific region, including health security, the impacts of climate change, human rights and labour rights.
Economic coercion in Indo-Pacific island states: building resilience
Indo-Pacific island states face diverse challenges as they grapple with their own unique vulnerabilities to the geopolitical consequences of growing strategic competition in the region. This report explores the vulnerability of island states to economic coercion and the risks they face in navigating the growing...
The Pacific Fusion Centre: the challenge of sharing information and intelligence in the Pacific
This report examines the Australian-sponsored Pacific Fusion Centre (PFC), which is due to open permanent offices in Vanuatu later this year.