Diplomacy

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Report

The costs of discounted diplomacy

This report recommends that the Australian government prepare a comprehensive capability assessment for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), followed by a financial plan to match current capability needs.
Report

Agenda for change 2022: shaping a different future for our nation

This publication is being released in anticipation of a federal election as a guide for the next government within its first months and over the full term. This 2022 agenda acknowledges that an economically prosperous and socially cohesive Australia is a secure and resilient Australia.
Report

Myanmar’s coup, ASEAN’s crisis and the implications for Australia

In this report, the authors assess the security situation in Myanmar, ASEAN’s collective response and the individual roles of key ASEAN member states in the mediating process. The report concludes with some policy implications for the wider region, particularly Australia.
Report

Opportunities for advancing Australia’s strategic interests through existing regional architecture

A key focus of this inquiry was to examine the suitability of existing regional architecture and country-groupings to address key human security issues in the Indo-Pacific region, including health security, the impacts of climate change, human rights and labour rights.
Policy report

Improving national security governance: options for strengthening Cabinet control and parliamentary oversight

This policy options paper proposes reforms to bolster the capacity of Australia's leaders to hold national security institutions accountable as Australia moves into an era of heightened strategic complexity and risk.
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A geoeconomic alliance: the potential and limits of economic statecraft

This policy report explains the concept of geoeconomic statecraft and the evolution of geoeconomic thinking from classical political economy, through the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, and in the more contemporary context of US-China strategic rivalry.
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Australia and the growing reach of China’s military

War between Australia and China remains a remote possibility. But by its very nature, defence policy operates in the realm of low-probability, high-consequence events. This report argues that the sheer ability of the Chinese Army to project military force over long distances places pressure on...
Report

The challenges to China’s national rejuvenation – part four: the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

This report argues that the West must realise that China is prosecuting an undeclared non-kinetic war and, consequently, that it has no option but to retaliate in kind now, when China is weaker than it appears to be because of the Chinese Communist Party’s strategic...
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Losing our agnosticism: how to make Australia’s foreign influence laws work

This report argues that Australia’s foreign influence laws should be amended to adopt a 'tiered' model, under which conduct originating in certain 'designated countries' would be subject to greater regulation than activity from other sources.
Report

Peers not partners? Towards a deeper Australia-Korea partnership

This publication is a recommendations and outcomes report from a policy dialogue hosted jointly with the Perth USAsia Centre and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in May 2021.
Policy report

Australia as a space power: combining civil, defence and diplomatic efforts

This policy paper explores the important question of how Australia should approach the space domain in the years ahead, in pursuit of our national interest objectives.
Policy report

Eyes on the prize: Australia, China, and the Antarctic Treaty

The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) provides Australia with a peaceful, non-militarised south. This report asserts that Australia should front load its support for the ATS, increasing both the substance and profile of our Antarctic activities.
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Myanmar’s latest coup: what is to be done?

The international community has never been able to agree on the best approach towards Myanmar, with policies ranging over the years from tough sanctions to uncritical engagement. This paper concedes that there are no quick or easy answers to the complex questions surrounding modern Myanmar.
Draft report

The Biden Administration’s security challenges in the Gulf

The U.S. needs to make fundamental changes to its security efforts in the Persian/Arab Gulf and the Middle East. In this document, the author discusses the wide range of options available to the U.S, and how it can make progress in many areas in relation...
Discussion paper

The Biden Presidency and Australia’s security reset

The swearing-in of Joe Biden as 46th President of the United States will signal a reset in the strategic relationship between Australia and its US partner. In this discussion paper, Allan Behm argues that Australia will need to do its own thinking, reinvesting in both...
Discussion paper

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.
Briefing paper

ASPI notes for the Biden Administration

This document is designed to offer creative and practical ideas for how the United States might re-engage in the Asia Pacific, particularly in the critical first six months of the new administration. The administration will immediately face a range of challenges and opportunities in this...
Discussion paper

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...
Report

A house divided: the AFRB and China's subnational diplomacy in Australia

This paper examines China’s subnational diplomacy in Australia and the suitability of Australia’s Foreign Relations Bill (AFRB) as a tool for countering it.
Report

The case for Australia to step up in Southeast Asia

This paper argues that Australia shares significant overlap of geographically-derived interests with the emerging middle powers of Southeast Asia. As such, the importance of developing Southeast Asia functions as a protective membrane for Australia’s own prosperity and security.