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Explainer: how the Australian intelligence community works

14 May 2018

This article is the first in a five-part series exploring Australian national security in the digital age. BY PROFESSOR JOHN BLAXLAND, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National...

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Why is no one debating one of the budget's biggest spends?

14 May 2018

One of the largest and fastest growing expenditures in the federal budget, defence spending, will receive little or no debate, to the cost of our nation’s security. Public debate on health funding,...

Australia and the Korean Crisis: Confronting the limits of influence?

27 April 2018

by Andrew O’Neil, Brendan Taylor and William T. Tow North Korea’s announcement last weekend that it has suspended its nuclear and missile testing programs is one more sign the country...

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As a new defence chief comes in, Australia must focus its attention on its neighbours

26 April 2018

By Professor John Blaxland, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU. On Anzac Day, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commemorated the centenary of the battle at Villers-Brettoneux, where Australian...

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Tenets of Thailand’s ASEAN engagement

28 March 2018

ASEAN member states have different perspectives on the significance of the grouping. As one of the founder member states, the second largest economy and a leading state within ASEAN, Thailand’s view...

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Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?

20 March 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to skip the ASEAN-Australia commemorative summit did not come as a surprise. Despite the warm gesture extended by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm...

China’s New J-20 Stealth Fighter Has Officially Entered Service

8 March 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to transform China’s military into the world’s most powerful force by 2050. And he could be on track to do it. On the opening day of its National People’s Congress...

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When Australian nuclear weapons could make sense

30 January 2018

What a way to start a year! The debate initiated by three former Australian deputy secretaries of defence—Hugh White, Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith—about the possibility of Australia acquiring...

Unlikely allies: longstanding opposition figure Wan Azizah (left) with former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (second from right) after Malaysia’’s opposition named Mahathir as its candidate for prime minister. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Mahathir Mohamad crops up again in bid to lead Malaysia – with Anwar on the same side

12 January 2018

On January 8, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his intention to contest the next general election, due sometime before August this year. In an unprecedented political...

A member of the Chinese military marches before the welcoming ceremony for President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. AP

Foreign policy: why we should expect more of ourselves

4 December 2017

We are starting to turn the “soft bigotry of low expectations” against our own government, and therefore against ourselves. Look at the way we have responded to the government’s recent Foreign...

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