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: Australia’s Defence Strategy Update

Gai Brodtmann
Brendan Sargeant
Rory Medcalf
Katherine Mansted
Chris Farnham

Government and governance | Australia


In this episode of the National Security Podcast, we are joined by former Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence Gai Brodtmann, Head of the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre Brendan Sargeant, and Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College, to examine Australia's recently unveiled 2020 Defence Strategy Update and Force Structure Plan.

47 minute listen

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