Ross Babbage

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14 Dec 2016


What should the U.S. and its close allies do about China’s strategic expansion into the South China Sea?

Beijing now has overwhelming military, coast guard and maritime militia forces in this theatre and it has seized numerous reefs and dredged up...


6 Apr 2016

The 2016 Defence White Paper (DWP 2016), released in February this year, was the third such document in a little under seven years—a notably shorter interval than has been the case since the release of the first back in 1976.

In this volume, we’ve...


21 May 2015

Overview: The First Principles Review of Defence is arguably the most significant review of the defence establishment since the 1973 re-organisation led by Sir Arthur Tange. This Strategic Insights brings together a series of contributions to ASPI’s blog The Strategist written by ten experts...

Journal article

5 Jul 2013


The 2013 White Paper talks a great deal about reform in Defence. It is notable, however, that the areas of reform that are discussed relate primarily to processes of accountability, planning, reporting, consultation and reviewing. Some advances have been made in these...

Discussion paper

14 May 2012

National security studies is a relatively new term and a new concept in Australia. Where has it come from? What is the role for it? How does national security studies differ from international relations, strategic studies and other related disciplines?

And does it make...

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