• Putin and Xi plot an oppressive digital future

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 17, 2019

    China and Russia are very different nations in many ways, but both are ruled by authoritarian regimes determined to assert themselves on the international stage while crushing political dissent at home and both use the internet to achieve their goals.

  • Standing up to bullies in the South China Sea

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 31, 2019

    Public diplomacy around Australia’s relationship with the Chinese state in general, and the antics of its military in the South China Sea in particular, are becoming a major issue for Canberra.

  • It’s time to pin the blame for the Parliament hack

    Michael Shoebridge     |      May 8, 2019

    Whoever becomes prime minister after the election will face a sobering moment in Australia’s China policy.

  • The ADF must invest in new technology

    Michael Shoebridge     |      April 30, 2019

    The Federal government has invested in new planes, ships and fighting vehicles to strengthen Australia’s armed forces but it should also embrace experimentation and investment in autonomous and semi-autonomous systems for land, air, sea and undersea operations.

  • Dealing with the dragon

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 27, 2019

    China’s recent disruption of Australian coal exports underlines the country’s need to diversify exports to Indonesia, India and other nations, rather than relying so heavily on just one trading partner.

  • Strengthening the north is a strategic priority

    Michael Shoebridge     |      February 18, 2019

    Renewing a serious Australian defence presence in the nation’s north should become a compelling and increasingly urgent matter of strategic policy and capability planning given increasing regional threats.

  • Morrison’s Pacific pivot

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 11, 2018

    The Prime Minister has outlined a practical and imaginative new strategy on issues critical to our region’s security, prosperity and people-to-people connections.

  • Why upholding our values matters

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 26, 2018

    Whether it’s state-sanctioned murder or states creating generations of radicalised people, what we walk past is what we allow. Let’s look beyond our wallets and our noses and resurrect a sense of an international community, with the ability to intervene and punish, to hold to account and to act. Values matter, but only when they are made real through actions.

  • Huawei ban part of global move to set limits on Chinese influence

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 30, 2018

    Banning two big telcos tells Beijing that its drive to gain strategic and economic advantage through the next wave of internet technologies can’t happen in a way that undercuts Australians’ national security.

  • Open hands beat clenched fists in the Pacific

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 15, 2018

    A combination of simple and immediate steps, symbolic events that build interpersonal connections and some ‘crazy’ ideas whose time is coming could inspire better relations with our Pacific neighbours than fearful policies couched in the language of risk and competition.

  • 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.

  • Australia in the South Pacific: Growing the yabby’s second claw

    Michael Shoebridge     |      July 26, 2018

    Australian engagement with our South Pacific partners is getting a lot of attention, as is Chinese engagement in the region. But there’s a missing link in our attempts to build better relations – the Australian corporate sector’s buy-in to South Pacific economies.