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What we do

We promote the peace, stability and prosperity of the peoples of the Indo-Pacific region through policy research, policy advice and advocacy, international dialogues, and the professional development of policy-makers.


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Occasional Papers

Australia's Future in the Solomons Islands

In November 2021, Australian troops and federal police officers returned to Solomon Islands for the first time since 2017 in response to a request made by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Prime Minister Sogavare sought this assistance in respo...

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Occasional Papers

COVID-19 and Foreign Policy in Australia and South Korea: Learning Lessons from Middle Powers in Hard Times

As befits two countries that are deemed to enjoy some of the world’s highest levels of global health security (Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2019), Australia and South Korea have experienced relatively few daily infections and cumulative deaths by world standar...

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Security Challenges

The Belt and Road comes to Papua New Guinea: Chinese geoeconomics with Melanesian characteristics?

Considered ‘peripheral’ in Chinese foreign policy, Melanesia has nevertheless experienced a steady growth in Chinese interests this century, particularly leading up to APEC 2018. This interest brought with it the Belt and Road Initiative – China’s econ...

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Security Challenges

The Indo-Pacific: From Concept to Contest

Over the last decade the Indo-Pacific has emerged as an important strategic concept. The idea of the Indo-Pacific springs from the observation that fundamental changes in economic and political dynamics of the littoral states of the Pacific and Indian Oceans m...

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Security Challenges

Developing a New Plan B for the ADF: Implications from a Geostrategic SWOT Analysis for Australia

Australia’s geostrategic circumstances are in a greater state of flux than seen in generations. Great power contestation has flared and the rules-based order is in question, while environmental catastrophe looms and governance challenges, ranging from cyber ...

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Security Challenges

How Does the 'Pacific' Fit into the 'Indo-Pacific'? The Changing Geopolitics of the Pacific Islands

In the 2013 Defence White Paper the Australian Government identified its zone of strategic interest as the ‘Indo-Pacific’, which it described as “connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans through Southeast Asia”. That formulation was repeated in the 201...

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    Our research and publications address security as a complex human construct to be understood and forged across multiple, interdependent human, economic, civil/civic, defence, natural, energy, and cyber policy domains.

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    Our professional development program focuses on action learning for early career policy makers, enabling them to engage and network with senior decision makers and thought leaders as they tackle contemporary security policy issues.

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    The Institute has auspiced Track 1.5 diplomacy over the last two decades, focussed in particular with Australia's relationships with the US and Japan.

Members and sponsors

The Institute sustains its work through the involvement and financial support of individuals, corporate citizens and Government grants. Individuals, companies, and Government Departments and Agencies are able to become Members of the Institute, commission or gain access to our research, and have their young leaders participate in our development activities.

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