‘Keeping the Five Power Defence Arrangement relevant at 50’

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Abdul Rahman Yaacob November 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA), a consultative defence mechanism involving Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. Its future is likely to be challenged given the dynamics of Australia’s defence relations with Indonesia and the formation of AUKUS, a military pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The FPDA was formed in 1971 partly due to the British withdrawal from Southeast Asia and potential security threats from In-donesia. As relations betw-een Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore warmed during the 1970s and 1980s, the FPDA evolved...