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Given the pace and spread of cyber attacks around the world, Canberra and Washington will be spending a lot more time consulting.
October was cybersecurity month in Washington. On Capitol Hill and in several think tanks around town, US policymakers and analysts focused on...
Two and a half years after the first National Security Statement to Parliament, it can be argued that the first wave of national security reforms is over. The key building blocks of a national security ‘community’ have been put in place.
A more comprehensive strategic relationship between South Korea and Australia may be of increasing value given the tectonic shifts in our region, argues this report.
Authored by Carl Ungerer and Simon Smith, this report provides a clear-eyed assessment of the small but productive role...
Despite several years of reform since 2008, the institutional design for national security policy-making as a whole remains dominated by centralisation and limited coordination.
The paper identifies three broad recommendations for building a more integrated policy framework: (1) making networks the main...
This paper explores the issue of performance metrics in Australia’s national security. Like other countries, Australia is seeking to apply more rigorous measurements to the national security effort in order to prioritise and control expenditure. The current national security focus on building greater...
This report argues that Australia’s role as a stable, low-cost supplier of key commodities to the emerging great powers of Asia, China and India, gives Canberra a greater diplomatic bargaining tool than previous governments have been willing to acknowledge.
The report makes four key...
The February 2010 release of the Rudd government's Counter-Terrorism White Paper: Securing Australia - Protecting our Community, is an important milestone in Australia's evolving national security policy framework. This Policy Analysis offers some ideas on the elements of a more comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy....
This report examines rising tensions in the South China Sea, which are creating a difficult set of questions for Australian strategic policy.
In order to examine the origins and implications of this conflict, the paper provides an analysis of the complex political/military and international...
Since 2008, the Rudd government has commissioned over two dozen policy reviews on all aspects of national security, from terrorism to transnational crime. But integrating these various strands of security policy in an increasingly complex and complicated risk environment is a difficult task....
This paper examines the shifting patterns of leadership and patronage in Jemaah Islamiyah.
It argues that leadership tensions and recent prison releases raise the possibility that splinter groups might now seek to re-energise the movement through violent attacks.