• Defence diplomacy in the Pacific

    Joanne Wallis     |      February 1, 2024

    Rather than encouraging bilateralism, Australia’s defence diplomacy should advance an approach that bolsters cooperation and capacity to respond to security challenges under the auspices of regional institutions such as the Pacific Islands Forum.

  • Protecting Australia

    Brendan Nicholson     |      November 12, 2023

    Australia’s most senior military officer has warned that the nation faces complex and interwoven threats including high-end military capabilities, economic coercion, climate change and AI-driven dangers to democracy in a post-truth world.

  • Caught in the great divide

    Henryk Szadziewski     |      November 7, 2023

    Pacific Islands Forum members will face challenging conversations about the prickly US-China relationship and its effect on the region in their meeting this week.

  • Road to nowhere?

    Maima Koro     |      November 6, 2023

    The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting this week takes place amid a changing dynamic of security and development in the region.

  • Security in China’s shadow

    John West     |      July 17, 2023

    Australia has implemented some effective responses to the challenges posed by China to its security. But Canberra still lacks an overarching China strategy, according to Euan Graham’s new book “Australia’s Security in China’s Shadow”.

  • Climate change is a security problem

    Tobias Ide     |      March 7, 2023

    While a feral Russia menaces Europe and China’s shadow falls over Asia, the looming threat of climate change imperils the whole world, and Australia must start viewing it as a national security issue.

  • Locking in Pacific security

    Joanne Wallis     |      July 11, 2022

    The Pacific Island Forum should create a forum like the ASEAN Regional Forum to provide opportunities for Pacific states to collectively engage with partners on security matters.

  • We need AI – and AI needs humanising

    Nicholas Filer     |      July 6, 2022

    Australia should harness expertise from both the ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ sciences to code our humanity into the artificial intelligence being integrated into our defence services.

  • Supporting national security in the Pacific

    Melissa Conley Tyler     |      June 28, 2022

    Working with Pacific island countries’ national security strategies would ensure that Australia has a clear understanding of Pacific peace and security at the local and regional levels, both now and into the future.

  • Reframing security in a post-invasion world

    Tanya Ogilvie-White     |      April 28, 2022

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is part of a new era of ideological competition and great power confrontation that has uprooted the post-Cold War international order.

  • Cleared hot

    William Stoltz     |      December 3, 2021

    Businesses looking to work on sensitive government projects often have to obtain standardised security clearances for their staff, but the need for security vetting now arguably extends well beyond government contracts.

  • Five by five

    Matthew Page     |      August 30, 2021

    From the melting of the Greenland ice sheets to terrorist take-overs and cyber-security breaches, there’s always new things to worry about.