• Meeting the authoritarian challenge

    Matthew Sussex     |      July 23, 2021

    There are no easy ways to generate democratic resilience, but it is a crucial endeavour given the increasing range and severity of ‘grey zone’ assaults committed by China, Russia and other authoritarian nations.

  • Boosting Australia’s foreign policy research

    Danielle Cave     |      July 16, 2021

    In a precarious and fast-changing world, there are several opportunities for Australia to improve the policy advice generated by our vibrant small think-tank sector.

  • Policing the internet

    Teagan Westendorf     |      June 18, 2021

    Efforts to police unlawful activity on the internet must tread a fine line between protecting the public from criminals and protecting civil liberties and personal privacy.

  • Giving young people a say on security

    Tom Smethurst     |      June 18, 2021

    Young people are being asked to contribute to a new document on Australian security and participate in a symposium at the Australian National University later this year.

  • Countering coercive statecraft

    Peter Hunter     |      June 7, 2021

    Australia can work with our partners in the Indo-Pacific, including the Quad, Indonesia and the Pacific island countries, to adopt cost-imposing strategies that will deter grey-zone political warfare by hostile foreign powers.

  • Was it worth it?

    Ian Dudgeon     |      May 30, 2021

    After 20 years of war, western forces, including Australia’s handful of troops, are withdrawing from Afghanistan, leaving the Taliban in control of 60% of the country. Was our deployment worth the costs? Ian Dudgeon says yes.

  • Reacting to the gun

    Open Forum     |      May 23, 2021

    As the regional strategic situation becomes more dangerous, and with threats likely to escalate rapidly, Australia needs to appoint a senior intelligence officer to assess the possibility of a surprise attack.

  • Stronger together

    Todd Hanks     |      May 12, 2021

    While threats to regional security are increasing, like-minded democracies can cooperate to contain the common dangers they face.

  • Safeguarding digital sovereignty

    Marcus Thompson     |      May 10, 2021

    The budget offers the government a chance promote Australian technology companies. Failing to do so will leave us all asking if Australia is fair dinkum about digital sovereignty.

  • Energy innovation offers lessons for defence

    Marcus Hellyer     |      May 5, 2021

    The electricity sector offers a striking example of disruptive innovation in action around us, and it’s a case that has key lessons for the Department of Defence.

  • The peaks and troughs of ANZUS at 70

    Graeme Dobell     |      April 29, 2021

    The defence pact between the USA, Australia and New Zealand will turn 70 this year, but may be more important than ever.

  • A farewell to arms

    Brendan Nicholson     |      April 19, 2021

    The war in Afghanistan has profoundly changed the Australian Army and had a significant impact on the whole defence force.