Australia and the UK in the World’s Most Contested Region: A Conversation with Professor Rory Medcalf

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Professor Rory Medcalf and Dr Neil Melvin discusses how Australia and the UK can work more closely together in the Indo-Pacific, including to navigate the growing divergence between China and US in the region. 

As the UK seeks to strengthen its global engagement, the Indo-Pacific will be a key region. Within this vast space, the UK will need to find a balance between its engagements – from strategic partnerships with Japan and India, to a mission to engage with ASEAN outside of the EU framework, as well as strengthening the Five Power Defence Arrangements and implementing a ‘Pacific Uplift’ strategy. At the same time, the UK will be building on its close relationship with the United States while seeking to refine its policies on China. In seeking to build a stronger Indo-Pacific engagement, the UK is not alone. One way of navigating the regional challenges would be to deepen cooperation with trusted partners, notably Australia.  

About the Author: 

Rory Medcalf is a Professor and Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University. His experience as an Australian diplomat includes postings to New Delhi, Tokyo and Papua New Guinea. He was a senior strategic analyst in Australia's leading intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments, reporting to the Prime Minister. He was the founding director of the International Security Programme at the Lowy Institute. He has published and been cited widely in academic journals and all major Australian newspapers, as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economist, The South China Morning Post and The Hindu, as well as on the ABC, BBC and CNN.



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