China may already be building a ‘post-American navy’, one designed not to confront US naval predominance in the Pacific, but to inherit it as the US baulks at the increasing cost of continued regional leadership.
This report makes numerous recommendations on how the Australian government should respond to climate change risks, including the development of a climate security white paper, to guide a coordinated, whole-of-government response.
The ANAO chose to undertake this audit because effective personnel security arrangements underpin the protection of the Australian government’s people, information and assets, and the previous audit had identified deficiencies in the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency's performance.
This review focused upon whether there is a need for an ASIO questioning power in the current security context, and the interaction of ASIO’s questioning and detention powers with other counter-terrorism powers that have more recently been introduced.
The aim of this document is to outline Australia’s current national security science and technology priorities and coordination of efforts, to best take advantage of investment in science and technology and address gaps in immediate and future national security capability.
How the EU responds to the Trump administration will be the hallmark of how it sees its role in the world, and how successful it will be in promoting its worldview.
For Australia, both defensive and offensive cyber capabilities are now an essential component of our nation’s military arsenal, and a necessary step to ensure that we keep up with global players.
This Strategic Insight traces the origins of the ANZUS Treaty, examines its substantive content, and considers whether and how it might apply in the event of a conflict between the United States and North Korea.
Greater Australian engagement in the Pacific Islands region is needed if Canberra wants to ensure regional stability and underpin Australia’s national security.
Australia’s unique military and intelligence relationship with the United States, combined with the country being geographically a part of Asia but historically, culturally and intellectually identified with the Anglo-Saxon world, have significant implications for Canberra’s current military modernization.
On Indo-Pacific matters, the Labour Party-led government, headed by Jacinda Ardern, will no doubt take a lead from Australia’s maritime strategic vision. Its primary focus however, will continue to be on the Asia-Pacific component of the region, particularly the South Pacific.
There is an increasing recognition that realistic climate change scenarios predict events that have the potential to significantly impact on all aspects of society. Some developed nations are taking steps to prepare for climate driven, crisis events such as extreme weather disasters and large-scale population...
By bringing together senior-level policymakers, experts and political decision-makers from the counterterrorism arena in Europe and Australia, this dialogue, already in its third iteration, created a space for thought-provoking, stimulating exchanges of ideas and expertise that form the basis for innovative approaches and new initiatives....
Australia is approaching an important window of opportunity to change our approach to the use of space for defence and national security purposes and, more broadly, to the establishment of a sovereign space industry
In a wide-ranging speech about the newly created Home Affairs portfolio, Peter Dutton has emphasized Australian values as well as national security - but managing migration levels will remain a key task.
Former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Anthony Whealy believes the federal government's proposed new secret laws could see ABC reporters jailed for 15 years for handling sensitive government information such as the so called "Cabinet files".
Mr Whealy is Chairman of Transparency International,...
This report argues that peer competitors and armed non-state groups alike have been seemingly so impressed by Western air power that they’re developing their own. Australia's use of the skies is now contested, and we now need to be able to counter potential adversaries’ use...
Privacy and security are both areas of major importance to civil society, so we must ask when does national security surveillance go too far and erode our civil liberties?
Published in an environment of significant political uncertainty in both the US and Europe, this report focuses on the long-standing and fundamental drivers behind U.S and European policymaking, and sets out recommendations to address key structural factors that threaten the durability of the transatlantic relationship....
The Global Risks Report 2018 is published at a time of encouraging headline global growth. Any breathing space this offers to leaders should not be squandered: the urgency of facing up to systemic challenges has intensified over the past year amid proliferating signs of uncertainty,...