Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
Challenges to the Australian strategic imagination
This paper, by Professor Brendan Sargeant, explores the idea of ‘strategic imagination’ - a way of understanding how a country thinks about its place in the world.
Why be strong? The Swiss and Australian responses to fear
Defence thinkers routinely identify Australia as one of the safest countries in the world. However, Australia’s future is likely to be more dangerous and troubling than its past has been. This paper discusses the comparison between Swiss and Australian approaches to threatening strategic environments.
Australia's defence policy after COVID-19
This discussion paper examines the 2020 Defence Strategic Update and the accompanying Force Structure Plan and Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030. The context for their discussion and recommendations is the strategic transition that Australia is undergoing and in the unfolding impact of the COVID...
American foreign policy and the 2020 Presidential election
This paper argues that the United States needs to recognise that Australia and others have interests both in engaging with and restraining China, providing support while avoiding counterproductive pressuring for bi-polarisation of the region.
Australia and Thailand - a strategic reset?
In this multi-author edition of the Centre of Gravity series, co-editors William Tow and Suphat Suphachalasai work with leading strategic thinkers to explore the relationship between Australia and Thailand.