Publications and research

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Manjeet Pardesi: Mughal hegemony and the emergence of South Asia as a “region” for regional order-building

Manjeet Pardesi from the Centre for Strategic Studies publishes this article in the European Journal of International Relations.

The region known as South Asia today emerged as the locus for order-building only in the early modern period (~1500–1750) as a “region” of Islamicate Asia. I demonstrate this through a cognitive-strategic process based on the interactions between polities and resources within and outside of South Asia. While the practices associated with the primary institutions of warfare, great power management, diplomacy, and political economy did not meaningfully differentiate South Asia from Eurasia in the pre-Mughal millennium, the deep rules associated with them marked South Asia off from Islamicate Asia after the rise of the Mughals.

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Van Jackson: American Military Superiority and the Pacific-Primacy Myth

Van Jackson from the Centre for Strategic Studies publishes this article in the journal Survival.

The claim that the US seeks primacy in the Asia-Pacific is fundamentally wrong. Since at least the end of the Cold War, the United States has sought to sustain its Asian alliances, maintain a forward military presence for purposes of deterrence and readiness, and preserve its military superiority over potential adversaries.10 The primacy assumption mistakenly extrapolates from the last of these objectives – preserving military superiority over plausible competitors – that the United States seeks primacy. But military superiority is an issue of force-structure planning, involving long-term capability development, not foreign-policy decision-making per se.

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Robert Ayson: The economics-security nexus under Trump and Xi: policy implications for Asia-Pacific countries

Professor Robert Ayson from the Centre for Strategic Studies publishes a new paper with the Australian National University, as part of their Centre of Gravity Series.

In this new paper, Professor Robert Ayson explores how the links between economic and security considerations are intensifying in Asia. Rather than anticipating an all-or-nothing choice between security interests with the US and economic interests with China, he shows that many Asia-Pacific countries have been making smaller choices to work with both great powers to encourage a regional equilibrium.

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Past publications

The Centre for Strategic Studies has also produced a number of books, discussion papers, working papers, and strategic briefing and background papers. These can be found in our publications archive.