All posts by Natalie Sambhi

Sea Control 88 – Modi and China

seacontrol2How is India’s Modi government reacting to China’s growing interest in its strategic backyard?

This week Natalie Sambhi interviews Darshana Baruah, junior fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi and David Lang, analyst and editor of The Strategist at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra for an Indian and Australian perspective on Indian Ocean maritime security.

Both discuss India’s evolving strategic priorities; the impact of Narendra Modi on India’s strategic outlook; the security implications of China’s Maritime Silk Road; and the limits of maritime cooperation between the US, India, Japan and Australia.

To read more on these issues, check out Darshana’s Strategist post on India’s role in Asia-Pacific security and David’s new ASPI report on Australia–Japan–India strategic cooperation.

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Sea Control 76 – Australia’s Iran Intel Deal

seacontrol2In this week’s podcast, we try to make sense of Australia’s intelligence deal with Iran. The country’s Foreign Minister has explained that the informal arrangement will assist in gathering intelligence about Australian foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. But major opposition parties in Australia as well as Australia’s alliance partner, the United States, have expressed concern about the deal.

Why has Australia done this deal? What kind of complications arise? What does this mean for our Five Eyes intelligence sharing arrangements?

To answer these questions and more, Sea Control: Asia-Pacific host Natalie Sambhi interviews Dr Andrew Davies, senior analyst for defence capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra.

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Sea Control 50 – Japan’s Defense Policy

seacontrol2Get ready to hear two Asia Pacific analysts share their views on Japan’s remilitarisation and its implications for regional security. Natalie Sambhi, of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, interviews Dr Tomohiko Satake, a fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo and visiting fellow at ASPI, and Dr Benjamin Schreer, a senior analyst in defence strategy at ASPI. Both analysts discuss the drivers behind the recent decision to reinterpret Japan’s constitution, the implications of Japan’s new white paper, and relations with China and Australia.

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Sea Control 42: Asian-Pacific Fighters in Iraq and Syria

seacontrol2This week, Sea Control Asia Pacific turns its focus to foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria. Natalie Sambhi, of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, interviews Andrew Zammit, a researcher at Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), and Levi West, a lecturer in terrorism and National Security and course coordinator for Masters of Terrorism & Security Studies at Charles Sturt University. Both guests discuss the ways in which foreign fighters returning from the Middle East impact on Australian and regional security and on the global jihadist movement. Both Andrew and Levi also discuss the role of social media.

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