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Rory Medcalf

Rory Medcalf directs the international security program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and is also a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution.

He is a former diplomat, intelligence analyst and journalist whose work covers a wide spectrum of strategic and geopolitical issues in Indo-Pacific Asia.

Follow him on twitter @Rory_Medcalf.

Shangri-La Dialogue: Hints of Stormy Weather Ahead
June 04, 2013
Shangri-La Dialogue: Hints of Stormy Weather Ahead
Behind the surface politeness, the event had more than a few subtle reminders of deep schisms in the Asian security landscape.
Shangri-La Dialogue: Hints of Stormy Weather Ahead
Maritime Game-Changer Revealed at Shangri-La Dialogue
June 02, 2013
Maritime Game-Changer Revealed at Shangri-La Dialogue
A few words from a Chinese military officer in Singapore makes clear the game has changed in Asian maritime security.
Maritime Game-Changer Revealed at Shangri-La Dialogue
What Indians Think About China
May 27, 2013
What Indians Think About China
The 2013 India Poll confirms that tensions exist, but it also contains some surprises.
What Indians Think About China
Breaking Down Australia's Defense White Paper 2013
May 07, 2013
Breaking Down Australia's Defense White Paper 2013
Australia has set out to define its military strategy -- with China and the U.S. very much in mind. Rory Medcalf from the Lowy Institute gives us his take.
Breaking Down Australia's Defense White Paper 2013
Australia's Julia Gillard: China Bound
April 04, 2013
Australia's Julia Gillard: China Bound
As tensions mount in various hot spots throughout Asia, Australia's PM pays China a visit.
Australia's Julia Gillard: China Bound
Manila's South China Sea Gambit
March 25, 2013
Manila's South China Sea Gambit
The Philippines is seeking international arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Manila's South China Sea Gambit
When India (Almost) Invaded Mauritius
March 19, 2013
When India (Almost) Invaded Mauritius
The aborted 1983 mission illustrates that India’s ambitions and interests extend beyond the subcontinent.
When India (Almost) Invaded Mauritius
A U.S. Naval Blockade of China?
March 13, 2013
A U.S. Naval Blockade of China?
"There's another emerging theme...about how a U.S.-China conflict could unfold - a naval blockade."
A U.S. Naval Blockade of China?
A Nuclear Pivot to Asia?
March 05, 2013
A Nuclear Pivot to Asia?
If America’s conventional superiority in Asia declines, then the relative importance of its nuclear edge will rise.
A Nuclear Pivot to Asia?
North Korea’s Nuclear Test: A Silver Lining?
February 14, 2013
North Korea’s Nuclear Test: A Silver Lining?
North Korea's third nuclear test could have some interesting geopolitical repercussions.
North Korea’s Nuclear Test: A Silver Lining?
What To Make of India's Nuclear Forces
February 07, 2013
What To Make of India's Nuclear Forces
A submarine-launched ballistic missile test by India may have produced more questions than answers.
What To Make of India's Nuclear Forces
Australia's Security Challenge
February 01, 2013
Australia's Security Challenge
A recent report only underscores why Australia has long been a tough place to understand when it comes to security.
Australia's Security Challenge
Australia and India: Common Goals, Budding Partnership
January 25, 2013
Australia and India: Common Goals, Budding Partnership
Shared interests are bringing these two major Indo-Pacific nations closer together.
Australia and India: Common Goals, Budding Partnership
Britain's Asia Comeback?
January 18, 2013
Britain's Asia Comeback?
Some are suggesting Britain could once again be a player in Asia's security landscape.
Britain's Asia Comeback?
Shinzo Abe's Strategic Diamond
January 15, 2013
Shinzo Abe's Strategic Diamond
With Shinzo Abe back in power, could an old initiative be reborn?
Shinzo Abe's Strategic Diamond
Can Military Diplomacy Keep the Peace in 2013?
January 05, 2013
Can Military Diplomacy Keep the Peace in 2013?
Military exercises between various powers in the Asia-Pacific has clear -- but limited -- benefits.
Can Military Diplomacy Keep the Peace in 2013?
A Sobering Assessment
December 21, 2012
A Sobering Assessment
A report by the U.S. National Intelligence Council notes some troubling projections for Asia : a potential for increased conflict.
A Sobering Assessment
Making Sense of North Korea’s Fireworks
December 12, 2012
Making Sense of North Korea’s Fireworks
Much will depend on decisions made not in Pyongyang, Seoul, Tokyo or even Washington, but in Beijing.
Making Sense of North Korea’s Fireworks
A Term Whose Time Has Come: The Indo-Pacific
December 04, 2012
A Term Whose Time Has Come: The Indo-Pacific
The idea of an Indo-Pacific is not new and may better describe a region that is quickly shaping global events.
A Term Whose Time Has Come: The Indo-Pacific
Australia's Place in the "Asian Century"
November 04, 2012
Australia's Place in the "Asian Century"
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's government has developed a bold plan for embracing the "Asian Century." Can words be turned into deeds?
Australia's Place in the "Asian Century"
Why a U.S.-China 'Grand Bargain' in Asia Would Fail
August 10, 2012
Why a U.S.-China 'Grand Bargain' in Asia Would Fail
A new book argues for a ‘concert of powers’ to enhance stability while conceding to Beijing a 'sphere of influence'. It would be a mistake.
Why a U.S.-China 'Grand Bargain' in Asia Would Fail
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