Armed Forces

Research report

22 Nov 2017

This paper looks at the impacts that emerging quantum technologies might have on defence. Some of the technologies are relatively well known; for example, there are many popular articles on quantum computing and its possible implications. There’s a growing technical literature on quantum radar, and...

Discussion paper

16 Nov 2017

Rodger Shanahan and John Blaxland argue about whether Australia should maintain military operations in the Arabian Peninsula or focus on threats closer to home.

Book

9 Nov 2017

The Australian Defence Force, together with military forces from a number of western democracies, have for some years been seeking out and killing Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, detaining asylum seekers for periods at sea or running the judicial systems of failed states....

Research report

5 Nov 2017

This analysis provides a roadmap to scholars seeking to understand shifting Thai policies and for policymakers seeking to maintain a strong footing for the U.S.-Thailand alliance during a time of strategic flux. This paper is co-badged with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington...

Report

2 Nov 2017

While much public attention has been given to the acquisition of Australia’s new submarines and frigates, the acquisition of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) to replace the Armidale-class patrol boats under Project SEA 1180 has attracted much less scrutiny or comment. It deserves more.

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Research report

5 Oct 2017

Sovereignty in defence industry is not absolute, but must balance effectiveness, cost, and reliance on allies. The ‘Sovereign Defence Industry Assessment Framework’ promised in the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS) should be a crucial link between strategic policy and defence industry policy, and explain...

Research report

5 Oct 2017

In this Centre of Gravity paper, Professor Robert Ayson explores how the links between economic and security considerations are intensifying in Asia. Yet, rather than anticipating an all-or-nothing choice between security interests with the US and economic interests with China, he shows that many Asia-Pacific...

Discussion paper

18 Sep 2017

This paper shows that low intensity guerrilla wars are not confined to land operations, but can have a full-blown maritime dimension. The British Commonwealth experienced this as an aspect of its struggle with Indonesian subversion and sabotage of the new state of Malaysia in Confrontation...

Presentation

9 Sep 2017

Since 1991, India's Act East policy has traversed a long road with its current focus on commerce, connectivity, culture and security while bringing within its ambit not only the ASEAN but also other regional powers including Japan, Australia and South Korea. India's foreign policy has...

Research report

5 Sep 2017

The Australian Army, and wider Australian Defence Force (ADF), started their cultural reform journey in 2011 with the Broderick Review. Since this time, the Army and ADF have worked with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to transform our armed forces into a more diverse,...

Journal article

28 Aug 2017

The questions of how to define grand strategy and whether it “exists” continue to vex the study of grand strategy, despite the ever-increasing popularity of the term. Scholars broadly agree that grand strategy refers to something that has the characteristics of being long-term in scope,...

Research report

18 Aug 2017

This paper discusses Australia’s position on the 2016 arbitral ruling in the South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of the Philippines v The People’s Republic of China) . Australia’s Foreign Minister has stated that this was an important test-case for how the East Asian region...

Report

3 Aug 2017

More than any other region, Southeast Asia has become a venue for strategic competition between the United States and China over the past decade. The People’s Liberation Army challenges the US military’s dominance in the South China Sea; American and Chinese diplomats face off over...

Audio podcast

18 Jul 2017

On 18 July the Lowy Institute hosted a conversation with Dr Michael Fullilove and Dennis Richardson AO, who until his recent retirement was one of Australia’s most experienced and respected public servants.

On 12 May 2017, Dennis Richardson retired as the Secretary of the...

Research report

11 Jul 2017

King Vajiralongkorn’s elevation to the Chakri throne comes after decades of whispers that he is an unsuitable king for Thailand. Despite these concerns, the military leadership has swung behind their new monarch. But the potential for future turbulence under the government led by General Prayuth...

Research report

7 Jul 2017

Changing regional conditions necessitate strategic coordination between Australia and Japan to preserve the rules-based order in the Asia Pacific. The direction of this bilateral relationship will be predicated on two major factors: how both countries perceive the relative strength and intentions of the United States...

Report

30 Jun 2017

This report quantifies the level of suicide among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and identifies characteristics that may be associated with risk of suicide. It updates preliminary estimates published in November 2016 (AIHW 2016a) using 15 years of data for the years...

Research report

30 Jun 2017

The two-decade period of United States post-Cold War predominance is now over, and an era of greater multipolarity has begun. Many fear that the rise of China and a resurgent Russia will bring marked decline in respect for rules and international law. Western policymakers are...

Research report

30 Jun 2017

The West is in deep trouble. As a geopolitical entity, a model of economic success, a cultural and moral ideal, and as a superior form of governance the West seems to have lost its way. The leadership of the free world by the United States...

Research report

30 Jun 2017

The global system of alliances that the United States built after the Second World War underpinned the stability and prosperity of the postwar order. But during the 20th century, the multilateral NATO alliance system in Europe and the bilateral San Francisco alliance system in Asia...