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 This week, Veerle is joined by Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University and internationally-recognised thought leader for his work on the Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment, as articulated in his 2020 book Contest for the Indo-Pacific (released internationally as Indo-Pacific Empire).

This week, Veerle and Rory discuss Australia’s perspective on the concept of the Indo-Pacific. While Australia’s doesn’t have a specific strategy document for the Indo-Pacific, the accumulation of policy statements and documents, as well as the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, amount to a comprehensive and coherent approach to the region. The episode explores Canberra’s policy priorities in the Indo-Pacific, the role of principles and partnerships, the challenges presented by China – and the need to keep a watchful eye on Russia, as well as what the new Biden Administration will mean for Australia and the wider Indo-Pacific. Finally, Rory outlines how the region views Europe’s growing interest in the Indo-Pacific and outlines opportunities for coordination and cooperation with European countries looking for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, including the UK through its ‘Indo-Pacific tilt’.

Bridging the Oceans, hosted by Veerle Nouwens, will explore what the Indo-Pacific is, where its limits lie, and what the fast-evolving defence and security issues are in this dynamic part of the world.

Together with a diverse range of experts, the podcast will also analyse today’s top geopolitical questions in the Indo-Pacific, understand how these are seen within the region itself, and consider how these issues may impact countries outside the region, like the United Kingdom.

Episodes will be published bi-weekly. and are part of our Navigating the Indo-Pacific programme.

The show is produced by Tom Ascott.

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The show is also available on Spotify and iTunes Podcasts.


Veerle Nouwens
Research Fellow

Veerle Nouwens is a Research Fellow at the International Security Studies Department of the Royal United Services Institute, focusing on... read more

Aaditya Dave
Research Analyst
Aaditya Dave is a Research Analyst focusing on South Asia in the International Security... read more

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