Defence Minister A. K. Antony’s visit to Australia this week was a significant step forward in the defence relationship. In coming years an India-Australia partnership will be important for managing maritime security in the Indian Ocean and will also have implications for security in Southeast Asia and the Pacific
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Japan’s Shinzo Abe are giving heft to a renewed partnership and a focus on the Indo-Pacific. Both nations must collaborate and work with South Pacific countries, especially Tonga, to counter China’s growing influence in this increasingly geopolitically important region
The Australian Defence White Paper of 2013 adopted the concept of an ’Indo-Pacific’ strategic focus area which connects the Indian and Pacific Oceans through Southeast Asia. What are its implications for the geopolitics of the region?
Recently, the Arctic Council granted an observer member status to six new countries-China, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. However, with national Arctic strategies still being defined, will the Council be able to establish itself as a central decision-making body regarding Arctic matters?
The authors discuss India's planned military intervention in Mauritius, in 1983, to prevent a feared coup and the consolidation of New Delhi’s special role in the region.
The 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which spans three continents, has the potential to usher in a new peak for Pacific trade. However, the insistence by negotiators to achieve goals that are primarily of interest to the U.S. is obscuring the original goal of the TPP.
The year 2012 has been a busy one for foreign policy: from escalating disputes in the South China Sea to alternate financial instruments from the emerging world. India’s foreign policy too has its shown strengths and weaknesses. We present our top foreign policy Hotspots, Sweet spots and Blind spots for 2012.
Settling of disputes in the South China Sea is in the interest of China as well as the smaller ASEAN members. It is therefore imperative that solutions to disputes over trans-boundary energy reservoirs be separated from the historically monopolistic structure of the petroleum industry.
The turbulence in the Middle East has prompted China to look towards the Central Asian States for energy supplies. This engagement can be a win-win situation for both, as Beijing’s investment can boost the economies of the CAS, and the CAS’ oil reserves can satisfy China’s growing energy demand.
The uncertainty surrounding the supply of crude oil from the Middle East has prompted China to diversify its energy supplies .With China looking towards Central Asia for oil and natural gas and Central Asia keen for Chinese investment, the implications of this alliance remain to be seen.