• The terror in a label

    Mike Scrafton     |      September 12, 2018

    While the west continues to tackle terrorism abroad and within its own borders, authoritarian and dictatorial regimes are also terming their opponents ‘terrorists’ to justify their own acts of persecution, ethnic cleansing and state-sponsored violence.

  • Knights in shining armour: AFVs in the Australian Army

    Jim Molan     |      September 1, 2018

    The Australian army has always been curiously reluctant to commit tanks and armoured vehicles to the battlefield, but far from being obsolete, armour continues to play a vital role in modern counter-insurgency and warfare.

  • In defence of nuclear deterrence

    Rod Lyon     |      August 31, 2018

    Deterrence is not without its problems—it’s merely the defence doctrine of choice for a competitive, heavily armed world. Is it going to save us from all war? No. But hopefully it can save us from the most serious sort of war, namely great-power war.

  • Australia’s arms export drive still stuck in first gear

    Greg Raymond     |      August 19, 2018

    Recent steps, including the appointment of a part-time ambassador for defence exports and more sales training for Australia’s overworked defence attaches, might not be enough to bring a step change in defence export success.

  • Australia faces an unprecedented set of security challenges

    Albert Palazzo     |      August 17, 2018

    The international security environment is on the cusp of significant change and the national defence debate must be broadened thematically yet narrowed geographically if the ADF is to protect Australian people.

  • Australian ingenuity is still flying high

    Brendan Nicholson     |      August 11, 2018

    Lockheed Martin’s chief executive in Australia, Vince Di Pietro, praises Australia’s record of innovation in the past and looks forward to a bright future of technological co-operation with the USA.

  • The public square: the next theatre of conflict in the digital age

    Katherine Mansted     |      August 7, 2018

    How Australia acts to protect its public square from foreign interference in the digital age will be a defining issue for our country and for democracies all over the world.

  • Fostering a culture of disaster preparedness

    Anthony Bergin     |      August 1, 2018

    The devastating floods we’ve recently seen in Japan are an indicator of the kinds of challenges we’re facing as a result of a changing climate. How should Australia prepare for similar disasters in the near future?

  • I can see clearly now! Tech innovation in law enforcement

    Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson     |      July 30, 2018

    The rapid acceptance of new technology into our lives creates new risks as well as opportunities and requires a more innovative approach from enforcement and regulatory agencies.

  • 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.

  • The changing rules-based international order: Now what?

    Allan Gyngell     |      July 25, 2018

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop spoke recently at Chatham House about the challenges Australia faces in defending the rules-based liberal international order in a period of global instability. The Foreign Policy White Paper shows how Australia might respond.

  • Australia’s response to changing global orders

    Allan Gyngell     |      July 23, 2018

    Australia has responded to three separate changes in the international order over the past century. The two previous international systems terminated in war. Can a new order be marshalled without conflict?