• Dealing with the dragon

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 27, 2019

    China’s recent disruption of Australian coal exports underlines the country’s need to diversify exports to Indonesia, India and other nations, rather than relying so heavily on just one trading partner.

  • Strengthening the north is a strategic priority

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 18, 2019

    Renewing a serious Australian defence presence in the nation’s north should become a compelling and increasingly urgent matter of strategic policy and capability planning given increasing regional threats.

  • Morrison’s Pacific pivot

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 11, 2018

    The Prime Minister has outlined a practical and imaginative new strategy on issues critical to our region’s security, prosperity and people-to-people connections.

  • Why upholding our values matters

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 26, 2018

    Whether it’s state-sanctioned murder or states creating generations of radicalised people, what we walk past is what we allow. Let’s look beyond our wallets and our noses and resurrect a sense of an international community, with the ability to intervene and punish, to hold to account and to act. Values matter, but only when they are made real through actions.

  • Huawei ban part of global move to set limits on Chinese influence

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 30, 2018

    Banning two big telcos tells Beijing that its drive to gain strategic and economic advantage through the next wave of internet technologies can’t happen in a way that undercuts Australians’ national security.

  • Open hands beat clenched fists in the Pacific

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 15, 2018

    A combination of simple and immediate steps, symbolic events that build interpersonal connections and some ‘crazy’ ideas whose time is coming could inspire better relations with our Pacific neighbours than fearful policies couched in the language of risk and competition.

  • Riders on the storm: what the Tour de France tells us about global security

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 28, 2018

    The world’s greatest sporting event, the Tour de France, is coming to its climax for another year. As well as a great sporting drama in itself, it offers a handy metaphor for the current state of play in global politics.

  • Australia in the South Pacific: Growing the yabby’s second claw

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 26, 2018

    Australian engagement with our South Pacific partners is getting a lot of attention, as is Chinese engagement in the region. But there’s a missing link in our attempts to build better relations – the Australian corporate sector’s buy-in to South Pacific economies.

  • All Leninist autocracies are equal, but some are more equal than others

    Michael Shoebridge     |      April 9, 2018

    Common threads among the Chinese, Russian, North Korean and Iranian regimes add up to a disturbing strategic challenge to Western states’ power and stability, but these states use different tactics to further their goals.

  • The worried West – Chronic decline or hypochondria?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      April 4, 2018

    Being Russian, North Korean or Chinese at this moment in history and watching liberal democracies talk themselves into decline must be odd but satisfying.