David Brewster

David Brewster
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Dr David Brewster is with the National Security College at the Australian National University, where he specialises in South Asian and Indian Ocean strategic affairs. He is also a Distinguished Research Fellow with the Australia India Institute. His previous career was as a corporate lawyer working on complex cross-border transactions and he practiced for almost two decades in the United States, England, France and Australia. 

Dr Brewster is the author of The India-Australia Security Engagement:  Challenges and Opportunities, which examines security and defence cooperation between India and Australia.  His books include India as an Asia Pacific power which considers India’s strategic role in the Asia Pacific, and India’s Ocean: the story of India’s bid for regional leadership which examines India’s security role and relationships in the Indian Ocean region.

The Rohingya issue requires a regional solution
The Rohingya issue requires a regional solution
Leaving close to a million people in limbo poses a danger not only for the refugees but to regional peace.
Sri Lanka after the revolution: what happened, what next?
Sri Lanka after the revolution: what happened, what next?
Protesters might assume a corrupt system will crumble, but the political class might be just as determined to hang on.
Transnistria: The next front of the Ukraine war
Transnistria: The next front of the Ukraine war
Moscow is stirring tensions in a separatist region in neighbouring Moldova, but its moves may backfire.
AUKUS can be a good platform for cooperation with India
AUKUS can be a good platform for cooperation with India
And it wouldn’t be the first time the partners had worked together, either.
India consolidates its role in southern Maldives
India consolidates its role in southern Maldives
But Australia and other international partners have a role, too.
Australia begins to step it up in the northeast Indian Ocean
Australia begins to step it up in the northeast Indian Ocean
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives are keen in engage and will help plug a gap in Australia’s Indo Pacific strategy.
The curious case of Blenheim Reef
The curious case of Blenheim Reef
A coral reef in the middle of the Indian Ocean, owned by no-one, is fast becoming a focus of international controversy.
Indian Ocean step-up
Indian Ocean step-up
India is in the driver’s seat to build new security structures in the region, but it can’t do it alone.
Maldives embroiled in Mauritius‑UK tussle over Chagos
Maldives embroiled in Mauritius‑UK tussle over Chagos
A seemingly tranquil archipelago in the central Indian Ocean has wide-ranging strategic significance for key players.
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