Security Challenges

Journal article

5 Dec 2017

This article argues that the adoption of neo-liberalist ideology and the assumptions of this ideology were the driving force behind the increased use of contractors by Australia’s Department of Defence.

Journal article

5 Dec 2017

This article argues that the Trump Administration adopted a far more positive approach towards Australia in the nine months since the Trump-Turnbull telephone call, partly due to the outpouring of congressional support for Australia in early February.

Journal article

5 Dec 2017

This paper uses China’s official definition of ‘core interests’ as a benchmark to examine three aspects of China’s diplomacy in the Pacific: main interests, means to safeguard interests, and the implications for regional powers.

Journal article

5 Dec 2017

Singapore-China relations have deteriorated since 2010, due to Singapore’s position over the disputed South China Sea and its support for the United States’ strategy of ‘rebalancing’.

Journal article

19 Jun 2017

This article examines the 2015 Anzac Day terror plot and traces how the Melbourne-based perpetrator received online instructions on four components of the intended attack: choosing targets, making tactical preparations, maintaining commitment, and ensuring publicity.

Journal article

19 Jun 2017

This journal article takes stock of the changed dynamics in Australia’s relationships withChina and the United States.

Journal article

19 Jun 2017

This article examines how the deployment of a US Marine Corps force to Australia came about, the reaction to it in Australia and the United States, and potential future geopolitical ramifications it could have for Australia, China, Southeast Asian countries, and the United States.

Journal article

19 Jun 2017

This article details the Australian Defence Force's revised approach to operational art.

Journal article

16 Nov 2016

Abstract

‘The Pivot’, as formulated by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011, is likely to become the keystone of the Clinton administration’s strategic policy in the Asia-Pacific region. This commentary essay argues that ‘the Pivot’ was already out of date when it...

Journal article

10 Oct 2016

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) still does not know what it wants to use social media for or, perhaps more importantly, how to use it in support of operations. It is struggling to understand who is responsible for this ‘thing’ that has captured everyone’s attention....

Journal article

10 Oct 2016

Abstract

This article will argue that social media in the hands of terrorist groups constitutes a weapon, and has become increasingly capable of contributing to the facilitation of consequential harm against identified targets. In doing so it will first clarify the communicative nature...

Journal article

10 Oct 2016

An Australian Defence White Paper is analysis framed by numbers. For forty years, White Papers have been the ultimate public expression of Australian strategy and defence understanding of the world. More than dollars and equipment, the simple statistics of Australia’s seven Defence White Papers reveal...

Journal article

26 Apr 2016

Abstract

The 2016 Defence White Paper was started with the best of intentions, but released well past its expected date and with a new Prime Minister and Defence Minister at the helm. This article reviews the thirty month development of the 2016 Defence...

Journal article

26 Apr 2016

Introduction

Australia’s strategic environment is most influenced by three factors: the status of the US-China relationship, America’s willingness to defend the rules-based global order in Asia, and the stability of the Asian region. This commentary examines the 2016 Defence White Paper’s analysis of...

Journal article

11 Apr 2016

The Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS) 2016 announced on 25 February 2016 contains a number of policy positions with the potential to positively impact on Australia’s defence industry. These improvements include the recognition of Industry as a Fundamental Input to Capability, an increased emphasis on...

Research report

28 Oct 2015

Abstract

In late 2014, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo unveiled his ‘global maritime axis’ concept, designed to reinvigorate the country’s identity as a maritime nation, better defend its seas and boost the maritime sector. His ambitious plan, also known as the ‘Jokowi doctrine’, is...

Journal article

28 Oct 2015

This paper argues that Australia would be wise to look outward and consider the lessons and experiences from other countries to determine how to best expand Australia’s existing deradicalisation programs.

Abstract

In the coming years, Australia will face a cohort of violent...

Journal article

16 Apr 2015

Abstract: This article analyses Japan-China maritime relations with reference to economic, geopolitical and identity-politics factors, seeking to account for the shift from the high-point of cooperation in the East China Sea, around 2008, to the current, tense competitive bilateral dynamic centred there. A bitterly...

Journal article

10 Apr 2015

Introduction: Over the last decade there has emerged in Australia a small but fertile and occasionally influential group of blogs devoted to international security and foreign policy. This is not the romantic grass-roots story that beguiled US media watchers in the mid-2000s, in which...

Journal article

10 Apr 2015

Analysing the Australian Defence Organisation’s information disclosure policy with regard to an operational incident that took place in Afghanistan nearly two years ago, this article argues that a particularly toxic combination of deliberate opaqueness, stalled process, and capacity constraints have served to create a roadblock...