The new geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific is characterized by the rise of China and the relative decline of the United States and the resultant competition between the two. The complex security situation of the Indo-Pacific compel middle powers to look beyond their traditional approaches for protecting their interests against vagaries of great power rivalry. This scenario pushes the middle powers like India and Australia into a difficult balancing, complex policy choices and security challenges. The interest of India -Australia converge at multiple levels with underlying challenges in the context of the new geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. In this context middle power coalition between India and Australia raises a number of pertinent questions and issues related to protection of their economic, geopolitical and security interests. This paper analyses the key drivers of new geopolitics on the Indo – Pacific, perceptions, interests and policies of India and Australia, priority the areas of their cooperation, the challenges they face and the complexity of balancing between US and China in the framework of middle power coalition theory.
Josukutty C, University of Kerala, India
SInu Kunjumon, University of Kerala, India
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