• The perils of pragmatism

    Euan Graham     |      February 28, 2020

    A foreign policy in Asia that does not encompass a continuing commitment to freedom and human rights is one that forgets who we are as a nation and what we believe in.

  • Assessing current threats to Australia

    Mike Burgess     |      February 27, 2020

    Mike Burgess of ASIO has delivered his first annual assessment of the terrorist, technological and security threats facing Australia.

  • Battle of the memes

    Tom Ascott     |      February 25, 2020

    Hostile states such as Russia and China are consciously using ‘memes’ to amplify the loudest voices in democratic debates to deepen the divisions between us.

  • 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.