• Strong alliances and robust defence will keep the peace with China

    Peter Jennings     |      December 4, 2020

    There are some positive outcomes from the Chinese Communist Party’s descent into North Korean–style insult and abuse: Australians get to see firsthand the entity we are dealing with, and Beijing’s collection of local useful idiots are tested to see how far they will defend the indefensible behaviour of their patron.

  • 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 rocky road to redemption

    Peter Jennings     |      November 23, 2020

    Paul Brereton’s report on SAS incidents forces us to confront the worst of what happened on our watch in Uruzgan Province. We should not lose the chance to think hard about the wider story: why we were there and what we thought we were doing.

  • Rethinking Australia’s relations with the USA and China

    Sophie Mayo     |      November 18, 2020

    Sophie Mayo argues that Australia should hedge its bets between China and the USA at a time of increasing international tensions, and look to diversify its economic and strategic ties.

  • Pulling back the veil

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 15, 2020

    Allegations of atrocities by Australian special forces in Afghanistan have been circulating for years, and the forthcoming report on the issue may raise some uncomfortable issues.

  • Filling the hollow middle in Australia’s defence industry

    Tyson Sara     |      November 9, 2020

    A number of issues are holding back Australia’s defence manufacturers from making the leap from SME to major player.

  • Air force ramps up for ‘grey zone’ missions

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 2, 2020

    The Royal Australian Air Force must be able to operate in an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific ‘grey zone’ of super power confrontation.

  • Foreign election interference on the rise

    Sarah O’Connor     |      October 30, 2020

    Cyber interference in Western elections by states such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea continues to increase, with the aim of destabilising or delegitimising democratic governments and democracy itself.

  • Forewarned is forearmed

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 9, 2020

    Army chief Lieutenant General Rick Burr has written to all of Australia’s soldiers to prepare them for the release of a report expected to contain shocking allegations that a small number of troops carried out multiple war crimes in Afghanistan.

  • Restoring military culture

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 6, 2020

    The Australian Army is rebuilding the cultural and ethical base of its special forces in the light of allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan.

  • Law, politics and intelligence: a life of Robert Hope

    Stephen Loosley     |      September 24, 2020

    In Law, politics and intelligence: a life of Robert Hope, Peter Edwards delivers a masterclass in the governance, or lack of it, of Australia’s security and intelligence services in the post-war era.

  • Time to review the Port Darwin lease

    Open Forum     |      September 19, 2020

    China is an important partner for Australia. But who owns our critical infrastructure is not a question about our relationship with China. It’s about our sovereignty.