After some rocky years, the Australia-India relationship is on a positive track. The recent visit to India by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her government's change of policy on civil uranium exports have led to new levels of trust and goodwill in bilateral ties.
A major dialogue this week focused on building strategic partnership instead of having to manage differences over such questions as uranium or student welfare.
On December 4 and 5, the 2012 Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries, met in New Delhi, with the Lowy Institute working with convening partners the Observer Research Foundation and the Australia-India Institute.
A special guest was the Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, Mr Martin Ferguson MP, who spokeon the opportunities for energy security and cooperation. Other themes in the talks included: strategic assessments of the Indo-Pacific region; economic relations; the role of cities and states in creating external linkages; maritime security; and new frameworks of governance and diplomacy.
This dialogue is part of the wider work of the Lowy Institute's International Security Program in generating dialogue and research on India's strategic emergence.