The Indo-Pacific is a strategic system encompassing the Indian and Pacific oceans, reflecting the expanding interests and reach of China and India as well as the enduring role of the US. The Lowy Institute's International Security program presents a weekly selection of links illuminating the changing security picture in this increasingly connected super-region.
- Daniel Twining says the Iran nuclear deal could undercut America's pivot to Asia.
- The US is fast becoming one of the larger arms suppliers to India, with a deal for another four P-8I maritime patrol aircraft likely to go ahead.
- In an opinion piece in the New York Times, China scholar Orville Schell argues that if there is still a way for the US to peacefully accommodate a rising China, then 'it will involve a judicious mix of resistance and compromise.'
- A fascinating article from Slavoj Zizek in the London Review of Books about the Chinese Communist Party's 'sinicisation' of ideology, and Western ideological universalism.
- Michael Green, Peter Dean, Brendan Taylor and Zack Cooper from CSIS and the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at ANU have authored a new report on the ANZUS Alliance in 'an ascending Asia'.
- India's first nuclear ballistic missile submarine, INS Arihant, is set to test its missile launch capability for the first time.
- Russia is moving ahead with renovations to its Pacific nuclear submarine base on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
- The Talisman Sabre exercise is ongoing in Northern Australia. The exercise has its own Facebook page with pictures and updates which you can find here.
- The Economist on Japan's slow march to national defence reform.