Indo-Pacific In Focus

What’s in a name? The Indo-Pacific is many things. It is a 21st-century map of the globally-central strategic system centred on maritime Asia. It is, quite literally, Australia’s place in the world. It may be a basis for a strategy of multipolarity and balancing to moderate the power of a rising China. And it is a region in which China’s interests and presence are growing.

In the interests of robust, scholarly and policy-relevant debate, Policy Forum has launched this section on the contested concept of the Indo-Pacific. We hope you find its contents of value, and invite contributions to the conversation.

Professor Rory Medcalf
Guest Editor, Indo-Pacific In Focus section

Essential reading:

Podcast: Diving into the Indo-Pacific debate

Rapid Round-Up: Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper

Mapping our Indo-Pacific future: Rory Medcalf’s speech

Australia needs Indo-Pacific clarity | Denise Fisher

The Indo-Pacific is what you make of it| Andrew Phillips

Podcast: Putting the ‘Indo’ in Indo-Pacific | David Brewster

Video: Mapping our Indo-Pacific future 



National Security Podcast: Revitalising the Australia-United Kingdom security agenda

Veerle Nouwens
Rory Medcalf

International relations | Australia


In the first episode of the National Security Podcast for 2022, Head of the ANU National Security College Professor Rory Medcalf is joined by Royal United Services Institute Senior Research Fellow Veerle Nouwens to explore how the relationship between these two nations could adapt to an increasingly dynamic Indo-Pacific.

44 minute listen

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National Security Podcast: The grey zone, hybrid war, and minilateralism

Sascha Bachmann
Elisabeth Braw
Akiko Fukushima
Frank Hoffman
Takashi Shiraishi
Abhijit Singh
Sarah Teo
Aarshi Tirkey
Jingdong Yuan
Chris Farnham

International relations | Australia


In this episode of the National Security Podcast, we bring you the first of a special three-part series looking at key trends influencing the future strategic landscape of the Indo-Pacific. This episode unpacks two competing trends that are shaping the regional order: the rise of grey zone and hybrid threats, and the emergence of ‘minilateralism’.

57 minute listen

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