An Australian defence policy for a multipolar Asia

Adam Lockyer*

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There is a growing consensus among defence planners that Australia is in need of a new defence policy that better suits the strategic realties of an emerging multipolar Asia. After assessing the implications of shifting regional power balances for Australia, this article advances the argument that Australia should redirect its attention back to its immediate north: the “Indo-Pacific Arc”. Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia have always been vitally important to Australia’s long-term security and, being the gateway between the Indian and Pacific oceans, their strategic value is set to dramatically increase in the multipolar Asia. Finally, this article develops the case for Australia to partner with its neighbours to stem the political and military influence of outside powers into the Indo-Pacific Arc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-289
Number of pages17
JournalDefence Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015


  • Australian defence policy
  • China
  • India
  • Indo-Pacific Arc
  • defence policy
  • strategic interests


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