Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is critical to global trade and food and energy security. Resources increasingly are being exploited by its littoral and island states. It is also a stage for the pursuit of global strategic and regional military and security interests.

History, Energy and Technology Adding New Depth to India-France Relationship

The Franco-Indian relationship will be increasingly underpinned by a deeper mix of French historical ties and energy and technological know-how that can bring economic benefits to both countries.

Australian Exercises play Important Role in Singapore Defence Posture

Maintaining strong relationships with regional partners will be of increasing importance in maintaining the ability of the Singaporean Armed Forces to act as an effective deterrent at a time when the possibility of conflict in the region is on the rise.

Ethiopia Devalues Currency to Maintain Strong Economic Performance

Devaluing the currency by fifteen per cent will aid the economy in the short to medium terms, but structural reforms and diversification will be needed if the vulnerability to fluctuating commodity prices is to be overcome in the longer term.

India’s Primacy in the Indian Ocean Region: Possibility or Misplaced Priority?

17 October 2017 | Associate Papers, Indian Ocean

India, which has the capacity to be a net security provider in the Indian Ocean Region, views the growing presence of China in the area with some suspicion and has sought to build a collective security framework with other Indian Ocean littoral states. India, Australia and the United States can play an important role by co-operating more closely in maintaining a rules-based order in the Indian Ocean Region.

Chinese Control of Hydrological Data is a Source of Growing Concern for India

Hydrological data from the Chinese portion of the Brahmaputra River is of vital importance to India for flood mitigation and adaptation. China’s command over this data could provoke hostilities if a diplomatic solution is not found.

“One-Stop Border-Post” Plan to Streamline South Africa-Zimbabwe Border Crossing

If they result in greater efficiencies and an increased flow of goods, the proposed improvements to border crossing procedures will benefit the economies of both countries.

Positive Outlook for Seychelles Tourism Industry as Airlines Boost Flights

Improved air connections and initiatives to increase the net value generated from tourism will bring further growth and employment to the industry. In the long term, however, the Seychellois tourism sector will be confronted by the effects of climate change.

The Lacklustre Australia-Indonesia Economic Relationship

One of Australia’s most important bilateral partners, Indonesia is expected to become the fourth-largest world economy in terms of gross domestic product by 2050. With significant growth expected as the size of its middle class continues to expand, Indonesia provides an opportunity for Australian businesses to tap into a large and increasingly affluent market. So far, however, the economic relationship has failed to reflect the full geostrategic importance of the wider relationship.

Japan Self-Defence Force Exercise in Djibouti Reflects Evolving Military Operations

Expanding interests in Africa mean that Djibouti-based Japan Self-Defence Force personnel may be increasingly called upon to evacuate Japanese citizens from troubled areas and is a reflection of the changing scope of JSDF operations.

Shaheen VI Exercises End – With a Message for India

There could be little doubt that the Pakistani and Chinese statements at the conclusion of the Shaheen VI joint military exercises were meant to send a message to India.

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