• Plan B for President Z

    Kim Beazley     |      March 14, 2024

    It seems unthinkable, but the re-election of Donald Trump to the American presidency remains a real possibility, with calamitous implications not only for the United States and western Liberal democracy but Australia’s defence plans.

  • Australia’s vanishing surface fleet

    Kim Beazley     |      January 22, 2024

    Australia’s navy is a fraction of its former size, and the focus on nuclear powered hunter killer submarines means there is little money left to expand the number of surface combatants.

  • Nuclear subs will secure our seas

    Kim Beazley     |      April 20, 2023

    Australia’s intention to add nuclear powered submarines to its Navy underlines its determination and ability to work with its allies to deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific.

  • Advice for the Ambassador

    Kim Beazley     |      January 28, 2023

    Australia’s former Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley offers some sage advice to his successor, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

  • Learning from the past to defend our future

    Kim Beazley     |      October 10, 2022

    The independent leads of Australia’s defence strategic review, Stephen Smith and Angus Houston, have a tough task on their hands, but should learn the lessons of the past to shape Australia’s defence in the future.

  • 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