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It’s one thing to build war fighting capability, it’s another to build industrial capability

7 July 2020

Amid fanfare last week at the start of the new financial year the government promised to invest A$270 billion over a decade to upgrade the defence force. It said a side benefit would be a stronger...

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Scott Morrison is right: we need to protect ourselves

7 July 2020

This week Scott Morrison announced the most important changes to Australia’s defence policy since the end of World War II. Previous military crises in places such as Korea and Vietnam and the...

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Russia’s new strategy for nuclear war

25 June 2020

Russia has published an official executive order (ukaz) titled ‘Basic principles of state policy of the Russian Federation on nuclear deterrence’. It entered into force on 2 June when it was signed...

Call for papers: Special 'Security Challenges' issue on Geoeconomics

5 June 2020

About the journal Security Challenges is Australia’s only peer-reviewed journal focused on security across its many policy domains. The journal reaches a wide audience of government, corporate and...

Common wealth? The state of Australian foreign policy

28 May 2020

While there is a diversity of views on Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative agreement with Beijing, there seems to be universal agreement on a solution: the federal government should simply assert its...

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The illusion of a middle power moment

19 May 2020

To be a middle power requires a modest disbelief in power. These states take their medium-sized resources and direct them towards big objectives. This may be reactive, searching for self-preservation...

What Allies Want: Reconsidering Loyalty, Reliability, and Alliance Interdependence

13 May 2020

International diplomacy stretches well beyond pleasantries and 30-second media grabs. How one ally perceives and responds to the behaviour of another, can influence significant trade or economic...

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Putin on a perilous rodeo ride of connected crises

12 May 2020

This article was written by Paul Dibb AM, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Russia is experiencing a triple ­crisis that threatens to undermine the...

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Australia must get better at picking its fights with China

12 May 2020

This article was written by Hugh White AO, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Everyone loves a David and Goliath story. That is why we have all been...

Appel à contributions : Série PIPSA sur le thème “Démocratie, Souveraineté et Auto-Détermination dans le Pacifique

6 April 2020

[English version below] Le Département des Affaires Pacifiques (DPA) de l’Université Nationale d’Australie (ANU) a le plaisir de lancer un appel à contributions pour son dossier Spécial “PIPSA” à...

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