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HMAS Canberra docked in Hobart. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Gavin Anderson.

The end of 2 per cent: Australia gets serious about its defence budget

26 February 2016

Compared to Tony Abbott, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his defence minister, Marise Payne, see themselves as having a different emphasis in the way they view security challenges, how Australia...

A major expenditure will be the replacement of Collins Class submarines. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.

Defence white paper: how many billions is enough to keep Australia safe?

26 February 2016

The world is not completely Hobbesian, but there are enough points of concern for this defence white paper to be considered well argued.Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and defence minister Marise...

Vladimir Putin. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Global Panorama.

Assertive China and re-emergent Russia loom large strategically

24 February 2016

With the release of the defence white paper imminent, two disturbing trends are looming in Australia’s strategic environment: the increasingly assertive stance of China and Russia’s re-emergence as a...

APCD launches new ARC project.

APCD launches new ARC project: leveraging power and influence on the UNSC

23 February 2016

The Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD), based at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific, officially launched a four-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project last Friday, 19...

Australian army engineer and ni-Vanuatu children. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Australian Department of Defence.

The 2016 white paper must get it right on defence diplomacy

23 February 2016

Non-violent defence diplomacy is a relatively new phenomenon. But it has already become a widely admired idea in Australia – and throughout Asia. It has substantial bipartisan support.Defence...

ASEAN. Image from Flickr, courtesy of sbmueller.

SDSC scholars on managing the great powers in Southeast Asia

22 February 2016

The tension around the South China Sea has shown no sign of diminishing. China keeps flexing its muscles, as aircraft land on newly built runways on artificial islands and warnings are issued to any...

When will the Lebanese presidential merry-go-round stop spinning?

When will the Lebanese presidential merry-go-round stop spinning?

22 February 2016

And so the painfully slow process of agreeing on a new president for Lebanon continues.  A breakthrough — of sorts —  was reported last month when candidate Samir Geagea announced he was pulling out...

No more middle ground in our democracies.

No more middle ground in our democracies

19 February 2016

The centre of politics across major democracies is being hollowed out by a combination of anger, impatience and fatigue, writes Mathew Davies. Hillary Clinton’s 0.3 per cent victory over Bernie...

Official picture of Bates Gill.

ANU welcomes Professor Bates Gill

18 February 2016

Leading China and East Asia strategic expert joins Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. One of the world’s foremost experts on China and...

Facing reality in the South China Sea

18 February 2016

The news that China has placed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island, part of the disputed Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, will surprise many observers. In September 2015, Chinese...


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