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6 June 2018

In our new podcast series looking at Australia and the region’s security challenges, we hear from Rory Medcalf, one of the earliest intellectual proponents for the ‘Indo-Pacific’ concept now sweeping foreign policy circles around the world.

Brought to you by Policy Forum with the support of the ANU National Security College, the National Security Podcast is a new fortnightly series tackling Australia and the region’s national security challenges. On the first episode, Rory Medcalf chats with Chris Farnham about the rise of the Indo-Pacific concept and its implications for Australia. Listen here:

The Indo-Pacific is a mental map of Asia that has taken flight among policymakers the world over. Most recently, at last weekend’s Shangri-La Dialogue, countries as diverse as Australia, India and Indonesia all used the language of the Indo-Pacific concept and demonstrated that they are adopting the term into their strategic thinking. On the podcast, we take a look at where we draw the boundaries of the Indo-Pacific region, whether the term is anti-China, its significance for rising powers like India, and why extra-regional powers like France and the United States are taking a particular interest in the concept.

Rory Medcalf is the head of the National Security College at The Australian National University. His professional background involves three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism.

Chris Farnham is the presenter of the National Security Podcast. He joined the National Security College in June 2015 as Policy and Events Officer. His career focus has been on geopolitics with experience working in and out of China for a number of years as well as operating in Australia and Southeast Asia.

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