Samuel Bashfield is a PhD candidate and research officer at the Australian National University’s National Security College.
The window (shade) seat
Watching the world go by from 40,000 feet is more than it’s cracked up to be.
Battle for Chagos
A dispute over sovereignty in the Indian Ocean tracks Britain’s dwindling empire and the path of international law.
The British Indian Ocean Territory and the rules-based order
In claiming sovereignty over Chagos, London privileges Western interests. And breaks international law.
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.
Mauritius sets sail to Chagos
The UK faces a lose-lose situation as demonstrators put disputed Indian Ocean archipelago in the spotlight.
Agalega: A glimpse of India’s remote island military base
Satellite imagery reveals the transformation of an Indian Ocean island into a strategic outpost. Many questions remain.
The Diego Garcia dispute hits cyberspace
As internet domains go, .io is a money spinner. Would a change to the “British Indian Ocean Territory” cancel an asset?
Mauritius, Diego Garcia and the small matter of nukes
Mauritius can’t have sovereignty over the Chagos and US nuclear weapons housed on Diego Garcia. Or can it?