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Holding a flare to mark amphibious landing. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the Australian Defence Force.

The bigger challenge for the ADF’s amphibious capability

21 October 2015

Peter Dean and Ken Gleiman’s recent paper Beyond 2017: the Australian Defence Force and amphibious warfare is undoubtedly timely: first, because policy that will shape important decisions to be made...

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Sea change

19 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing's land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

USS Carl Vinson sailing through the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Pacific Fleet.

Asia Pacific: stability and strategic transformation?

16 October 2015

The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Regional Security Outlook (CRSO) 2016: Can the Asia Pacific region preserve order and stability while managing a strategic transformation?The...

Source: Canberra Times

Wave of rhetoric on South China Sea sets dangerous tone

15 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing’s land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

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Dirty politics in Vanuatu

14 October 2015

People in Vanuatu know politics is a dirty business. But it is one thing to know, and another to watch politicians being legally held to account, writes SIOBHAN McDONNELL A fierce political cyclone...

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What’s displacing Air Sea Battle in US military planning?

1 October 2015

In a slow moving transition underway since late 2014, there are strong signs that the often-criticised US Air Sea Battle operational concept is being quietly — albeit not officially — sidelined as a...

2015 Timor-Leste Update - Sessions

1 October 2015

2015 Timor-Leste Update ‘Terms of Inclusion’2015 Timor-Leste Update Session Abstracts Terms of Inclusion: A Political Entente Cordiale?Chair: Sue Ingram, , PhD Candidate, SSGM, ANUSpeakers:Jose...

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Turnbull: any implications for Indonesia?

1 October 2015

After a dramatic leadership spill within the Liberal Party of Australia on Monday, Malcolm Turnbull was elected to replace Tony Abbott as the new Australian prime minister. Whereas Abbott was the...

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Transitions and Trends across the Pacific Region - Podcasts

1 October 2015

Transitions and Trends across the Pacific Region Acknowledging the Realities of an Urban Pacific Pacific Islands cities have experienced rapid urbanisation for decades, attracting migrants in search...

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Australia's Syrian combat commitments out of step with Western partners

15 September 2015

In the 14 years since 9/11, Australian political leaders have learnt little about war. On the 14th anniversary of 9/11, US leaders remain uncommitted to deepening the country’s military...

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