Over the past several years, India has begun to look at the Indian Ocean strategically. In other words, it has begun taking a long-term and holistic view of preserving its interests in the ocean. Read more

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Guillard deserves a small prize for her persistent wooing of India. Despite the fact that it is the turn of an Indian prime minister to visit Australia, she decided to forget the protocol and come to New Delhi anyway. Sensible, given that the last time an Indian prime minister went to Australia was an absurd quarter of a century ago. Read more

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India could still win one more medal in wrestling, but its present four medal tally still only puts the country at 47th place in the medal rally. Read more

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The East Asia Summit has begun in Bali, Indonesia, and is generating a lot more interest than such powwows normally do. The reason: we are seeing a recommitment by the United States to maintaining the stability of the Indo-Pacific area. Read more

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In the Zone

In the capital of Western Australia for my second stint at the local university’s In the Zone conference, I’m reminded again how much the country’s only Indian Ocean facing state is determined to seek a worldview distinct from that of the more populous bits of Australia that face the Pacific. Read more

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Flitting in and out of the recent Advance Australia meeting in New Delhi, I was asked to speak about global citizenship. The audience, mostly Australian diaspora living in India, were interested in down-to-things like India’s impossible visa system for foreign residents and the like. Read more

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Looking at in purely strategic terms, a real concern regarding the present, and hopefully fading, focus on attacks on Indian students in Australia is that it has disallowed the two countries from exploring a larger strategic relationship. Read more

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I visit Australia, on average, once a year and can claim that I’ve never had a single racist experience and I’ve been to nearly every major city and even the Outback. However, most of my time is spent in hotels, academic institutions, downtown urban areas and airports – the least likely places to face criminal behaviour if you discount the waiter spitting in your soup. Read more

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Last week I was in Australia to share some thoughts about the growing rivalry between great powers in Asia. The Down Under denizens I met were fearful – though largely about losing the Ashes to the Pommies. But there is a reason why Oz Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been speechifying about “Asian regional architecture” – because countries like Australia and Singapore worry that the big boys are getting too belligerent. Read more

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