• Southeast Asia’s looming drug crisis threatens regional security

    John Coyne     |      March 20, 2019

    The regional drug crisis provides an opportunity for Australia to work with ASEAN authorities to strengthen border controls and disrupt illicit drug supply chains.

  • The internet is now an arena for conflict, and we’re all caught up in it

    Tom Sear     |      March 20, 2019

    Most people think the internet operates as a kind of global public square. In reality, it’s become a divided arena where conflict between nation states plays out.

  • All planned out

    Andrew Carr     |      March 19, 2019

    The Defence Department faces the choice of either sticking with the certainty of insufficient funding or undertaking the whole planning process once again and hoping the next ‘certain’ figure will be more meaningful.

  • In fighting online interference, the first line of defence is the mind

    Chris Zappone     |      March 18, 2019

    The internet and social media give authoritarian nations a lever to pull in democracy’s debates through intermediaries who guide opinions in their interest or undermine the legitimacy of democracy itself.

  • Will national security concerns end the globalisation of technology?

    Mark Gregory     |      March 13, 2019

    Fears about data security are prompting calls to ban Chinese technology from sensitive sectors, as state sponsored Chinese cyber-espionage and surveillance continues to menace western democracies.

  • Preparing for the era of disasters

    Robert Glasser     |      March 10, 2019

    An emerging era of disasters will increasingly stretch emergency services, diminish community resilience and escalate economic costs and losses of life. It will also have profound implications for food security in our immediate region, with cascading impacts that will undermine Australia’s national security.

  • Australia’s other border security problem: visa overstayers

    John Coyne     |      March 9, 2019

    There’s been plenty of discussion about the problem of asylum seekers arriving by boats, but the problem of visitors overstaying their visas is a much more common problem.

  • Remembering the lessons and legacies of Australia’s East Timor intervention

    Donald Greenlees     |      March 5, 2019

    Just over 20 years ago, a letter from Australian prime minister John Howard to the president of Indonesia, B.J. Habibie, set in motion a chain of events that would lead to East Timor’s passage to nationhood.

  • Strengthening the nuclear order

    Rod Lyon     |      March 3, 2019

    Nuclear weapons are once more a focus for public and political debate. Great-power competition has returned, leading to more fractious strategic relationships among the P5—the recognised nuclear weapon states—and the competitive modernisation of nuclear arsenals.

  • Defending multilateralism and the rules-based global order

    Lisa Sharland     |      March 1, 2019

    The rules-based global order has underpinned Australia’s approach to defence and foreign policy over the past 70 years and although the role played by the USA is under question, Australia can step up to be a force for good in international affairs.

  • Understanding the attack on Australia’s parliament and political parties

    Danielle Cave     |      February 22, 2019

    The Australian government has been reluctant to ‘name and shame’ states engaged in hostile cyber operations, but should this change now the latest assault has targeted the home of democracy – Parliament House – and the nation’s political parties only months out from a federal election?

  • Defending the north – Then and now

    Richard Brabin-Smith     |      February 21, 2019

    While most of Australia’s population lives in the south east, any threat to the country must be faced from the north, and so plans to strengthen Australia’s defences must begin there.