• 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.

  • Head in the clouds

    Michael Shoebridge     |      December 19, 2020

    Australia’s peak intelligence agency, the Office of National Intelligence, is beginning an essential, radical and rapid shift into cloud applications and services.

  • Reducing Australia’s trade dependence on China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      December 17, 2020

    China’s use of trade bans to place political pressure on Australia means we must find alternative trading partners for a host of products, including iron ore and clean energy.

  • China’s twitter propaganda backfires

    Michael Shoebridge     |      December 2, 2020

    China’s increasingly crude economic and misinformation campaign against Australia is only strengthening our resolve to resist such bullying.

  • Beyond the wire

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 29, 2020

    How could 39 alleged unlawful killings of Afghan people by members of Australia’s special forces have occurred over years while no officer in command of those soldiers knew about or had reasonable grounds to suspect the crimes?

  • The boom is bust

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 10, 2020

    Whether it’s the gold rush of the 1850s, the mining booms of the early 2000s, or the China market boom of the past six years, Australians never like to admit the good times are over, but we’ve got a pretty good record of finding new sources of prosperity.

  • Who wins the US election matters to Australia, but not as much as we think

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 6, 2020

    A Biden win would reverse the tendency for the US to treat allies as adversaries—or free riders (except when they are)—but a Biden presidency would also be consumed by a focus on rebuilding and healing a divided America.

  • A political divide, not moral equivalence

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 28, 2020

    Let’s not have our tails twisted by Beijing-created narratives characterising how we operate as in any way a mirror of, or an excuse for, the actions of the CCP’s own nasty security apparatus.

  • Increasing Australia’s investment in diplomacy

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 21, 2020

    Australia is underinvesting in diplomacy given the type of world we are living in. But it’s wrongheaded to blame MPs and ministers for not simply understanding the intrinsic value of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and giving it more money.

  • Why China’s Zhenhua data trove matters

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 17, 2020

    The Zhenhua revelations offer another chance to challenge Beijing to reduce its egregious interference in other societies to shore up the position of the CCP.