Research report

27 Apr 2017


Once again, Trump has broken the mould. The 100-day mark is traditionally used to assess a new administration’s progress in advancing its policy agenda. With Trump, that’s impossible. In foreign policy at least, it’s more appropriate to ask whether at the 100-day...

Research report

1 Oct 2016


In this paper, six experts examine the South China Sea issue, and what role middle powers can play in helping ensure that the contest over disputed territory does not lead to conflict.

Brendan Taylor and William Tow examine Australian debates, arguing...


18 May 2016

Paul Dibb AM has had an extraordinary career. He enjoys an international scholarly reputation of the highest order, while at the same time he has done much distinguished public service. He was a pioneer in moving back and forth between posts in government departments, notably...


22 Feb 2016


For a relatively distant country with no territorial claims, Australia has been a remarkably vocal presence around the East and South China Sea disputes. Canberra issued arguably the strongest rebuke of any capital when it called in the Chinese ambassador and released...

Journal article

28 Dec 2015


The remembered history of the Second World War continues to infect contemporary relations between China and its Northeast Asian neighbours. This article argues that a ‘history spiral’ has taken hold in Northeast Asia as a result of the region’s changing strategic order...

Research report

1 Jul 2015

The ANZUS Alliance in an Ascending Asia

Editor’s Foreword

Welcome to a special edition of the Centre of Gravity series. This is a jointly published report with the Centre for Strategic & International Studies.

In 1942 it was said that Australia...

Research report

10 Nov 2014

Few defence topics have been as prominent or invested with as much optimism in recent years as defence diplomacy. This paper has been created to explore the issue and help guide policymakers.


Few Defence topics have been as prominent or invested...

Research report

4 Nov 2014

This paper analyses the circumstances under which conflict in the East China Sea could occur and the implications for Australia.

Executive summary

Tensions between China and Japan have ratcheted up in recent years to the point where their territorial dispute over islands...

Research report

17 Jul 2014

This paper presents a collection of views about the definition, role, purpose and health of strategic policymaking.


One of the liveliest debates to have taken place on ASPI’s blog, The Strategist , concerned the place of strategy in Canberra’s policymaking community....

Journal article

5 Jul 2013


The depiction of Australia’s strategic environment in the 2013 Defence White Paper has been one of its most favourably received elements. This article examines the White Paper’s treatment of China’s rise, and of the US-China relationship, the newly introduced construct known...

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