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The AUKUS partnership has significant implications for global security and the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region. Discuss.

Topic: Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

3. The AUKUS partnership has significant implications for global security and the balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is heading to San Diego on March 12, 2023 to finalise the AUKUS deal — a trilateral security partnership between Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. that will provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the impact of formation of AUKUS.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about the formation of AUKUS.

Body:

In the first part, write about the reasons behind formation of AUKUS.

Next, elaborate on the security pact and its impact on the Indo-pacific. nuclear-powered submarines in Australia, deterrence to China, enhancing joint capabilities and deeper military interoperability etc.

Next, bring in the impact of formation of AUKUS other countries. – New Zealand, European Union especially with souring of Australia-France relations, ASEAN, possible responses of China. Mention the impact on India.

Conclusion:

Summarise the impact of new geo-political developments on rules based multilateral order.