Brendan Thomas-Noone is an intern in the Lowy Institute's International Security Program.
- The strategic debate in the US over the right response to China's expanding military capability continues.
- Even a limited nuclear war in the Indo-Pacific would have global environmental repercussions .
- Is strategic competition between Japan and China spreading to Africa?
- While India and Japan expand their defence cooperation, Indonesia calls for an Indo-Pacific peace treaty that will work towards reducing regional tensions.
- Pakistan is awarded 'most improved' regarding the security of nuclear material.
- As China successfully tests its own indigenous hyper-sonic nuclear delivery vehicle, the US Navy is looking to lasers to shift the technological advantage again in its favour.
- Michael Krepon argues that minimum deterrence between Pakistan and India was an empty promise:
Optimists discounted domestic political and institutional drivers pushing for more bombs and better ways to deliver them. The abstract notion of minimum, credible deterrence couldn't compete with these drivers and with growing threat perceptions.
The Lowy Institute International Security Program's work on Indo-Pacific security is supported by two grants from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.