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Strategic Insights 58 - India's rise as an Asia-Pacific power: rhetoric and reality

By Dr Sandy Gordon

India’s emergence as an Asian power—and eventually perhaps as an Asia–Pacific power—has wide implications for the region and consequently for Australia.

This paper, authored by Dr Sandy Gordon, considers those implications as they relate to three closely related areas: the restraints that act on India’s security strategy and limit its strategic reach; its ambitious goals in the Indian Ocean region; and its emerging role in shaping the geostrategic structure of the Asia–Pacific region, which must simultaneously accommodate China’s rise and America’s relative decline.