• Lack of speed kills

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 26, 2021

    As Australia begins to develop nuclear powered submarines to combat the growing threat of the Chinese navy, we also need to increase innovation across all aspects of defence to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

  • The AUKUS nuclear submarine deal shows we’re serious about China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 17, 2021

    The embrace of nuclear hunter-killer submarines and the new AUKUS partnership are a recognition of the fact that the threat we face from China is equally long-term. Changes of tone or shrewd diplomacy won’t deter aggression, but strong alliances and modern equipment just might.

  • Reopening to the world beyond COVID

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 16, 2021

    Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton’s flight path on the way to Washington for the annual AUSMIN meeting with their American counterparts provides an insight into Australia’s policy directions and relationships as we look to open up to the world over 2022.

  • The big lesson from Afghanistan

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 10, 2021

    After the chaotic, violent withdrawal of US, NATO and Australian forces and nations from Afghanistan, it’s time to consider the big lessons for Australia.

  • Was the USA reckless or ruthless in its Afghanistan withdrawal?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 19, 2021

    Biden meant what he said when he confirmed the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, so China would be foolish to assume he doesn’t mean what he says in facing up to their challenge in the Pacific and beyond.

  • The cutting edge

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 26, 2021

    To face the threat posed by China, Australia must fast-track new technology into the hands of our sailors, soldiers and aviators.

  • Fighting back

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 21, 2021

    There can be no return to a trusting ‘win–win’ relationship with Beijing at the same time as we are being spied on and robbed blind by its hackers. It’s time to fight back.

  • Chinese communism at 100

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 4, 2021

    China’s communist party celebrated its centenary with gaudy celebrations of its iron grip on power and increasing belligerence abroad, financed by its ditching of disastrous Marxist economics over the last 35 years.

  • Turning the page on China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 11, 2021

    This weekend’s G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall could mark a turning point in the free world’s response to China, replacing a bilateral economic approach with a united strategic vision.

  • Stepping up the step-up

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 7, 2021

    The time is right for Australia to imagine a bigger, better Pacific step-up and be even more frank with our Pacific partners regarding the need to preserve our collective sovereignty and boost our security at a time of growing strategic competition.

  • China’s actions, not Australia’s words, are the problem

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 2, 2021

    Naming the problem is a prerequisite to finding a solution and so a ‘country agnostic’ approach to the causes of regional insecurity is not credible and distorts public debate.

  • Closing Australia’s China policy gaps

    Michael Shoebridge     |      April 27, 2021

    The policy shift that has been underway since 2015 recognises that Australia’s previous policy can’t work in a world where China is asserting its power so overtly in ways that bring security and strategic differences into the foreground.