No longer a middle power: Australia’s strategy in the 21st Century
This paper argues that Australia is heading towards a normalization of its approach to the world, realigning its capabilities with its strategic priorities on two different scales. While for much of the 20th and 21st century, Australia aimed at being a “global middle power”, Australia...
I’m here for an argument - why bipartisanship on security makes Australia less safe
This paper argues that given the growing instability of Australia’s strategic environment, it is urgent that our political class fulfil their responsibility to openly debate what principles this country stands for, how we will act and what costs we will pay to protect other states...
A national asset: 50 years of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
Overview This volume commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC). The Centre is Australia’s largest body of scholars dedicated to the analysis of the use of armed force in its political context and one of the earliest generation of post-World...
Mexican drug cartels and dark-networks: an emerging threat to Australia's national security
Overview Over the past decade Mexican drug cartels’ power and the violent struggles between them have increased exponentially. Previously Mexico, and in particular the border regions with the US, were the key battle grounds for control of distribution routes. However, today Mexican drug cartels are...
Defence diplomacy: is the game worth the candle?
Few defence topics have been as prominent or invested with as much optimism in recent years as defence diplomacy. This paper has been created to explore the issue and help guide policymakers. Foreword Few Defence topics have been as prominent or invested with as much...