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  • Partnerships

    Indonesia hosts Super Garuda Shield 2023 to promote regional stability

    Gusty Da Costa The multilateral, multi-force military exercise Super Garuda Shield 2023 kicked off August 31 in Indonesia’s East Java province. Seven countries, including Australia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States, together deployed about 5,000 troops and various defense assets. Twelve additional nations sent observers. Australian Army M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks and various support…

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  • Features

    The Indo-Pacific Strategic Space and the Global Order

    Dr. Arnab Das/Cmdr. (Ret.) Indian Navy The center of global power has shifted toward the Indian and Pacific oceans. The Indo-Pacific strategic space is recognized as the main theater of geopolitical and geostrategic interactions in the 21st century. More nations globally are deploying assets in the region to ensure their strategic presence and interests. India, the People’s Republic of China…

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  • Features

    Multidomain Integration

    Capt. Patrick Hinton/BRITISH ARMY Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States held an experiment in California in late 2022 aimed at improving integration and interoperability among military forces, an effort that began in July 2020 when the British and U.S. armies signed a memorandum of agreement on joint modernization.   Known as Project Convergence 22 (PC22), the campaign of…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Indo-Pacific nations forge security arrangements amid rising threats

    Mandeep Singh Faced with security threats posed by North Korea and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), among others, a pattern of security arrangements among Indo-Pacific countries has recently emerged, involving members of the Quad partnership: Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. “Across the Indo-Pacific, new defense and security cooperation initiatives are arising between some Quad members and those…

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  • Oceania

    Papua New Guinea, UK solidify defense relationship

    Benar News Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom renewed their defense relationship in late April 2023 by signing a broad security agreement. The status of forces agreement — a pact generally used by countries to establish rules under which foreign military personnel operate in a country — was signed in Port Moresby by the nations’ foreign ministers and comes…

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  • Northeast Asia

    G-7 diplomats reject North Korean, PRC, Russian aggression

    The Associated Press Top diplomats from the Group of Seven democracies vowed a tough stance on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) threats to Taiwan and on North Korea’s tests of long-range missiles, while discussing ways to boost support for Ukraine and punish Russia for its invasion. The envoys’ talks in Karuizawa, Japan, in mid-April 2023 were meant to pave…

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  • PartnershipsFrom left, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak herald the AUKUS submarine deal at a U.S. Navy base in San Diego in March 2023.

    AUKUS submarine deal promotes regional stability, counters Chinese influence

    FORUM Staff An arrangement for Australia to acquire conventionally armed, nuclear-power submarines (SSN) through a trilateral alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States will uphold the highest non-proliferation standard and deliver on a commitment to enhance deterrence and promote stability in the Indo-Pacific, the White House announced in March 2023. New details of the deal emerged following an…

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    Australia, U.K., U.S. conduct PRC-focused air drills

    Reuters Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States carried out joint air drills over the Nevada desert and beyond in early February 2023 as part of an effort to simulate high-end combat operations against Chinese fighter aircraft and air defenses. U.S. Air Force Col. Jared J. Hutchinson, commander of the 414th Combat Training Squadron that hosts the three-week-long Red…

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  • Conflicts - TensionsProtesters outside the Chinese embassy in London in December 2022 call for freedom and democracy in Hong Kong.

    U.K. criticizes erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong

    Reuters The United Kingdom in January 2023 criticized what it said was the systematic erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong by the Chinese government and a crackdown on free speech by authorities in the former U.K. colony. The criticism, contained in the U.K. government’s latest six-month report on Hong Kong, accused the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of diminishing the…

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  • Global Commons

    U.S., U.K. enhance strategic partnership with ballistic missile submarine operations, training

    United States Strategic Command United States Navy ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) conducted at-sea operations, training and port visits around the globe with ally the United Kingdom in October and November 2022, consisting of three key events in the Indo-Pacific, Mediterranean Sea and off the eastern U.S. The Ohio-class USS West Virginia, homeported in Kings Bay, Georgia, hosted U.S. Army Gen.…

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