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Global peace index 2020

In the past year 80 countries recorded deteriorations in peacefulness, while 81 recorded improvements according to the fourteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.
Report

Global peace index 2021

This is the fifteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.
Report

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.
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'Lead me to the harbour!': plotting Darwin harbour's future course

In this report, the authors seek to move Australia’s public policy discourse on the future of Darwin port beyond a binary choice. In doing so, they consider the harbour’s history, the nature of its strategic importance to Australia and our allies, and opportunities for its...
Discussion paper

Strengthening Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentives: a call for views

This discussion paper seeks the public's views about how the Australian government can incentivise businesses to invest in cyber security, including through possible regulatory changes.
Report

An Australian DARPA to turbocharge universities’ national security research

More than at any time since World War II, science and technology (S&T) breakthroughs are dramatically redesigning the global security outlook. In this paper, the authors propose establishing a formal partnership between the Defence Department, defence industry and Australian universities.
Policy report

Exfiltrate, encrypt, extort: the global rise of ransomware and Australia’s policy options

All governments, civil society groups and businesses—large and small—need to know how to manage and mitigate the risk of ransomware, but organisations can’t deal with the attacks on their own. This policy report addresses key areas in Australia where new policies and strategies and improved...
Discussion paper

Afghanistan on the brink of an abyss

Australia’s recent closure of its embassy in Kabul, and the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, casts a deep shadow over Afghanistan’s future prospects. In this paper, leading expert on Afghanistan, William Maley, examines the implications for the Afghan nation...
Briefing paper

Research security, collaboration, and the changing map of global R&D

The global R&D system has undergone significant changes in just 20 years, with total global R&D investment tripling since 2000 to over $2.2 trillion per annum. This paper uses bibliometric data (data on research publications) to provide an alternative, output-based perspective on the change over...
Report

Australian Federal Police’s use of statutory powers

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Federal Police’s framework to ensure the lawful exercise of powers in accordance with applicable legislation.