Integrated deterrence in the Indo-Pacific: Advancing the Australia-United States alliance

Integrated deterrence in the Indo-Pacific: Advancing the Australia-United States alliance

Presented in partnership with the Pacific Forum

When

10.00am–11.00am

15 October 2021

Type

Webinar

Amid sharpening strategic competition with China in the Indo-Pacific, the Biden administration has proposed the concept of ‘integrated deterrence’ as a cornerstone for US defence strategy. By collaborating more closely with US allies and partners, and by more effectively combining military and non-military instruments of national power, Washington hopes this new approach will deter Beijing’s use of coercion across a wide spectrum of competition.

But what exactly does ‘integrated deterrence’ mean? Is it really new? How does it intersect with ongoing efforts to increase interoperability among US allies and partners? And what role is there for the Australia-US alliance to bring integrated deterrence into being in the Indo-Pacific?

To discuss these issues, the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and Pacific Forum hosted the launch of “Integrated deterrence in the Indo-Pacific: Advancing the Australia-United States alliance", a new policy brief by Jane Hardy, Visiting Senior Fellow with the USSC and a former Australian Consul-General in Hawaii. Joining her for this in-conversation webinar was Ashley Townshend, Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at USSC, and David Santoro, President of Pacific Forum, both founding convenors and co-chairs of the Track 1.5 US-Australia Indo-Pacific Deterrence Dialogue.

This activity was supported by the Australian Government through a grant by the Australian Department of Defence. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Australian government or the Australian Department of Defence.

Featuring

  • Jane Hardy
    Jane Hardy
    Visiting Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy and Defence Program, United States Studies Centre

    Jane Hardy is a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre. She is a senior career diplomat from Australia with three decades of service in multiple embassies, predominantly in the Indo-Pacific region. She is a published author and speaker on cultural and strategic matters of key interest to Australia, the United States and regional partners, with a current focus on the evolution of the Australia-US alliance.

  • Ashley Townshend
    Ashley Townshend
    Director, Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Studies Centre

    Ashley Townshend is Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He works on international security and strategic affairs with a focus on the Indo-Pacific, including regional alliances and partnerships, maritime security, defence policy, and US, Chinese, and Australian strategy.

  • David Santoro
    David Santoro
    President, Pacific Forum

    David Santoro is President at Pacific Forum. He specialises in strategic and deterrence issues, as well as nonproliferation and nuclear security, with a regional focus on the Asia Pacific and Europe.

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