UDC 32:355(540:94)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 73 (2022)
Vol. 73, No 1185, pp. 7-31
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18485/iipe_mp.2022.73.1185.1

Original scientific paper
Received: 07 Mar 2022
Accepted: 02 Jun 2022
CC BY-SA 4.0

India аnd Australia – (Un)willing Military-Political Partners in the Indo-Pacific

Vuković Nebojša (Naučni saradnik, Institut za međunarodnu politiku i privredu), nebojsa@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

The paper analyzes the increasingly intensive and diverse political and military partnership between India and Australia over the last ten years. The author proves several hypotheses in the paper. According to the first, the main driver of their rapprochement is the common fear of the political elites of the two countries that in the Indo-Pacific region, the People’s Republic of China could become a hegemonic power with ambitions that run counter to the interests of both India and Australia. The second hypothesis, closely related to the first, expresses the view that India and Australia strive to maintain/restore and strengthen the balance of power .In the third hypothesis, the author claims that both countries conduct exclusively the so-called soft balancing versus the People’s Republic of China, and that their interests, capacities and complementarity in balancing are limited, and that it is unlikely that in the short term (1-6 years) they could switch from the so-called soft to the so-called hard balancing. The paper also gives a brief overview of the history of relations between the two countries.

Keywords: India, Australia, PR China, Indo-Pacific, partnership, strategy