Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

MANIS: Time for a new forum to sweeten regional cooperation

Manis is the Bahasa word for ‘sweet’. It also could symbolise a grouping of maritime partners on the southern edge of South-east Asia: Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore.

Mexican Drug Cartels and Dark-Networks: An Emerging Threat to Australia's National Security

Over the past decade Mexican drug cartels’ power and the violent struggles between them have increased exponentially.

The Battle of Beersheba: History and myth

There is much hullabaloo in Australia about the charge of the Light Horse during the Battle of Beersheba, but as a historian, Dr Jean Bou is more than happy to debunk a few myths.

Trump is not serious about dealing with North Korea

Hugh White writes about why he thinks the war on the Korean Peninsula is very unlikely.

A global role smashed by US voters

Now we know. For 20 years Australians have been happy to assume that America had the strength and resolve to remain the world's leading power. In particular, our leaders have assured us that we can rely on America's power and judgment to manage China's rise, to keep Asia stable and Australia safe. But now we know that America is not the country we thought it was.

Jakarta pressures Julie Bishop on Papua

Indonesia has asked Australia to caution its Pacific Island neighbours against interfering in the West Papua issue and to urge them to withdraw support for West Papuan membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, warning that the issue could pose a “stumbling block” to closer ­bilateral ties.

Australia and Indonesia consider joint patrols in South China Sea

Indonesia’s defence minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has raised the prospect of joint patrols during an annual meeting last week with Ms Bishop and Marise Payne, Australia’s defence minister. It comes as Mr Widodo prepares to address Australia’s parliament next week on his first state visit to the country.

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