Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Professor Rory Medcalf has been head of the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University since January 2015. He was previously founding director of the international security program at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015. He has worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments (now Office of National Intelligence), Canberra’s peak intelligence analysis agency, and as an Australian diplomat, with postings in India, Japan, and Papua New Guinea. Medcalf is the author of Contest for the Indo-Pacific (La Trobe University Press, 2020), released internationally as Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region (Manchester University Press, 2020). What follows is a lightly edited interview. Rory Medcalf.Illustration by Lauren Crow Q: You argue that the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions are so interconnected that we should enlarge our “mental map” and start thinking of them as Subscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.