• The fog of Wuhan

    Raphael Veit     |      February 9, 2020

    After initially suppressing news of the Wuhan virus outbreak, we can’t be sure whether authoritarian China is now using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, or whether this new coronavirus presents a serious global health threat.

  • Defence and disaster management

    Peter Jennings     |      February 2, 2020

    A greater role for the ADF in disaster response seems inevitable, but it will take significant investment and cross-agency cooperation to create a fit for purpose response force.

  • Dying of thirst?

    Connor Dilleen     |      January 29, 2020

    Water shortages around the world, exacerbated by population increases, environmental mismanagement and climate change, are creating tensions which may soon spill into war.

  • Time out for TikTok

    Fergus Ryan     |      January 17, 2020

    The news that Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok is not approved for use on devices owned by Australia’s Department of Defence should come as no surprise.

  • Soldiers shouldn’t fight fires

    Marcus Hellyer     |      December 21, 2019

    As bushfires become the norm, rather than the exception, new strategies must be found to fight them, but using soldiers to augment volunteers is not a tenable way forward.

  • Field notes from the new Cold War

    Peter Jennings     |      December 9, 2019

    The growing pace of strategic change means that every week brings more data points charting the Indo-Pacific’s slide towards a riskier, more dangerous reality.

  • The real choice over China

    Peter Hartcher     |      November 29, 2019

    A systematic series of measures must be adopted to protect Australia’s society, economy and politics from relentless interference from China.

  • World peace (and how we can achieve it)

    Mark Beeson     |      October 11, 2019

    A new book by security expert Alex Bellamy is a ‘must read’ for anyone with even a passing interest in the theory and, more importantly, the possible practice of world peace.

  • A cold, hard reality check on Antarctica

    Elizabeth Buchanan     |      September 23, 2019

    The Antarctic Treaty System is a consensus arrangement that has been in place for more than 50 years but this Cold War peace agreement is inadequate to respond to the security challenges of the 2020s.

  • Let’s “think different” about national security

    Ewen Levick     |      September 16, 2019

    We know what the future of our region looks like, but unless we start thinking about how we think, that knowledge may not be enough to help us cope with it.

  • Organised crime is testing Australia’s onshore migration program

    John Coyne     |      September 2, 2019

    Operation Sovereign Borders has reduced the number of irregular migrants dying at sea and stemmed the flow of people-smuggling ventures to Australia. Unfortunately, this success has come at great cost to our nation’s finances, and possibly our humanity.

  • Rethinking Australia’s food security

    Paul Barnes     |      August 28, 2019

    Australia needs to adopt a more coherent approach to the critically important convergence of food security, climate change and national security.