Publication Details

Prakash Gopal, “India and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific: Possibilities, prospects and challenges,” United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, June 2024.


The rise of China and the emergence of a multipolar regional order in the Indo-Pacific has raised questions on the effectiveness of traditional, Cold War period alliance structures to deliver desired security outcomes. India has historically shunned participation in collective defence arrangements but the evolving Indo-Pacific scenario has brought about considerable strategic alignment between India and the political West, particularly the United States, Australia and Japan.