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Australia's management of strategic risk in the new era

Australia’s strategic outlook is deteriorating and, for the first time since World War II, we face an increased prospect of threat from a major power. This means that a major change in Australia’s approach to the management of strategic risk is needed.
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North of 26 degrees south and the security of Australia

This resource presents a series of articles, by a range of trusted and up and coming authors, exploring the continued importance of Northern Australia to national security and defence strategy.
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How the geopolitical partnership between China and Russia threatens the West

This paper examines Russian and Chinese concepts of great-power war in the 21st century, their views of the West and its military capabilities, and what risks they might both take to regain lost territories.
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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...
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Why Australia needs a radically new defence policy

In this paper, three of Australia’s leading strategists and defence practitioners from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, make the case for bold, new strategic thinking and imagination in Australian defence policy.
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The nuclear war scare of 1983: how serious was it?

Thirty years ago, the Soviet Union and the United States stood on the brink of nuclear war. The Communist Party leadership in Moscow was convinced that Washington was about to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike, which would require a massive nuclear response.
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The geopolitical implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This paper analyses the reasons why President Putin decided to invade Ukraine and annex Crimea, the implications of this for Russia’s return as a major power, and the broader geopolitical policy implications. Executive summary This is the worst crisis in Europe since the end of...
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A sovereign submarine capability in Australia’s grand strategy

This paper examines the principal policy issues, both military and non-military, surrounding the decisions to be made about Australia's future submarine capability. {C} The paper starts with a description of Australia's strategic outlook and its implications for our future force structure and then turns to...
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Why Russia is a threat to the international order

This paper analyses Russia’s geopolitical ambitions, its military modernisation, the threat it poses to the international order, and how the West should respond. Overview Almost a quarter of a century after the demise of the USSR, Russia is back on the world stage and in...
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Australia's alliance with America

In this paper, Professor Paul Dibb of Australian National University (ANU) examines the pros and cons of Australia's close alliance with the United States and its impact on our Asian relations.