William Hobart is a Lowy Institute International Security intern and an AIIA NSW Councillor.
- A forthcoming report from the US Congressional committee will argue that the People’s Liberation Army Navy will for the first time develop a credible sea-based deterrent with its Type 094 Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine. In the meantime, Hans M Kristensen has outlined the progress of Chinese nuclear modernisation in the latest version of the Nuclear Notebook.
- Do Britain and France have the ability to remain significant actors in the Indo-Pacific?
- Japan and India, for only the second time, have agreed to conduct joint maritime drills by the end of the year.
- MD Nalapat from Manipal University argues that the India-Japan relationship 'needs to be viewed through a prism broader than that of "containing" China, and by treating the Indian and Pacific oceans as a single entity.'
- Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Randy Forbes, who kicked off roundtable discussions this week with ambassadors from Australia, Japan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and New Zealand, answers questions on the 'rebalance', sequestration and the United States Navy presence in the region. The Center for New American Security has also released a paper entitled Building politically sustainable U.S. military presence in Southeast Asia and Australia.
- On 16 November Indian Defence Minister AK Antony commissioned the aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, 'gifted' by Russia but plagued by 13 years of complications. As it sails to its new port (pictures), retired Chief of Naval Staff, Arun Prakash, elaborates on what it means for the Indian Navy and the region.
- The US Naval Institute catalogues the Asian submarine race.
- Vietnam and India's defence leaders have pledged to maintain mutual support in national defence to consolidate the strategic partnership between the two countries.
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.