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Islands of opportunity: Australia and India’s chance to collaborate
Islands of opportunity: Australia and India’s chance to collaborate
As maritime neighbours, India and Australia form the bookends of the Indian Ocean region. At a time of “big power muscle movement”, as Australia’s Navy Fleet Commander Rear…
Australia–India: “Hands Across the Water”
Australia–India: “Hands Across the Water”
When India’s External Affairs Minister Dr Jaishankar addressed the Lowy Institute in Sydney last month, it was significant for two reasons. It was his second trip to Australia…
India’s military: a tech leap risks a nuclear chasm
India’s military: a tech leap risks a nuclear chasm
Propelled by the Himalayan face-off with China, India’s military machine has been rapidly incorporating a range of new equipment to defend its borders. The bigger drive is to…
In defence of Indian women celebrities
In defence of Indian women celebrities
In an era when “boycott culture” has firmly taken root in the Indian film industry – threatening the success of big-budget pictures and smaller movies alike should they run afoul…
Nationalist propaganda at a screen near you
Nationalist propaganda at a screen near you
Every country has its national myths – the beliefs and narratives that serve as the foundation of its national identity. These myths find expression through a nation’s culture. A…
How China, India and Bangladesh could be drawn into Myanmar’s conflict
How China, India and Bangladesh could be drawn into Myanmar’s conflict
The 2021 military coup in Myanmar sparked renewed civil conflict between Myanmar government forces, the Tatmadaw, and perhaps a dozen insurgent groups seeking their own ethnic…
Australia must help turn back a regional democratic retreat 
Australia must help turn back a regional democratic retreat 
Successive Australian governments, for many years now, have not had an explicit policy for fostering and promoting democracy. One is needed, now more than ever. International…
Australia’s shared security in the Indian Ocean
Australia’s shared security in the Indian Ocean
The Indian Ocean region has played a crucial role throughout history, yet in recent times it has not been recognised for its distinct regional security architecture. Despite…
Will the three Ts tie India and Taiwan?
Will the three Ts tie India and Taiwan?
India’s diplomats have been told to focus on the three Ts: Trade, Technology and Tourism.  Together, these make a fourth T, Taiwan, look attractive. Just in tourism, the…
Animal attractions: India confronts a neighbourhood dilemma
Animal attractions: India confronts a neighbourhood dilemma
Forget Samarkand, the foreign relations story out of India that’s been getting the most attention of recent times is about animals. Cheetahs, to be specific: eight of the big cats…