• Australia’s real choice about China

    Hugh White     |      June 6, 2018

    Australia’s problem with China is bigger and simpler than we think, and thus harder to solve. The central issue is that China wants to replace the United States as the primary power in East Asia, and we don’t want that to happen.

  • Are we preparing to fight the wrong war?

    Kym Bergmann     |      May 31, 2018

    Are we preparing to fight the wrong war? That’s the question being asked increasingly frequently by Australian defence planners, especially in the RAAF. What makes some people nervous are a number of emerging disruptive technologies that will have a profound effect on military operations in the very near future.

  • A ‘new normal’ in the South China Sea?

    Mark Valencia     |      May 30, 2018

    The United States and China have apparently reached a tacit agreement to avoid outright confrontation in the disputed South China Sea. Relations between ASEAN claimants and between ASEAN and China rest on a similar plateau but long term rapprochement remains a distant prospect.

  • China’s strategic push in the South China Sea

    Malcolm Davis     |      May 23, 2018

    In a highly provocative move, China has deployed anti‑ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three reefs converted to military bases on Mischief Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef in disputed territory in the South China Sea.

  • Can the National Resilience Taskforce help protect Australia?

    Paul Barnes     |      May 19, 2018

    Australia faces a range of natural and man-made threats to its vital infrastructure. How should the government’s resilience taskforce tackle the challenges which lie ahead?

  • Defend your democracy

    Brendan Nicholson     |      May 12, 2018

    John Berry, the former American Ambassador to Canberra, urges Australia, the United States and other democracies to stand up to autocratic and increasingly aggressive nations such as Russia and China and protect their institutions against all attempts to undermine them.

  • How vulnerable is Australia’s identity data?

    Melissa Liberatore     |      May 7, 2018

    The government must ensure that national identity assets are protected from manipulation, falsification or destruction to safeguard our democracy, governance and security.

  • The US Alliance – Our dependence grows as our options narrow

    Kim Beazley     |      May 3, 2018

    Australia’s dependence on the United States in the post–Cold War era has grown as the strategic options in our region have narrowed. Our national strategy of ‘defence self-reliance within our alliances’ is now being tilted by major shifts in power relativities and US engagement

  • Facing up to reality in Sino-Australian relations

    Alex Joske     |      April 26, 2018

    Chinese Communist Party interference in Australian affairs is real, not mere rhetoric, and it’s the central reason for bilateral tensions. Mistakes in how the China–Australia relationship has been managed shouldn’t lead us to lose sight of that crucial fact.

  • A ‘clever’ Australia needs a larger, more potent navy

    Richard Menhinick     |      April 25, 2018

    Australia is surrounded by the three largest oceans on earth, yet governments over more than three decades have failed to focus on forward defence via powerful, sustainable and deployed maritime forces.

  • Will Australia defend the ‘rules-based order’ in Asia?

    Nick Bisley     |      April 23, 2018

    The heated and polarised debate about the consequences of China’s increasing military assertiveness has raised doubts about the future of the ‘rules-based order’ in the region, as invoked by the Turnbull government in numerous speeches and policy statements.

  • Naming and shaming the unshameable

    Fergus Hanson     |      April 20, 2018

    In the light of escalating cyber attacks from Russia, China and other hostile actors, the West is taking a more proactive approach to naming the perpetrators and taking active counter-measures.