Border security

Airport security
Border protection

Vaccination and testing of the border workforce for COVID-19 and risk of community outbreaks: a modelling study

In this article, the authors use a stochastic model of COVID-19 transmission and testing to investigate the effect that vaccination of border workers has on the risk of an outbreak in an unvaccinated community.

“Go Hard, Go Early”: human security, economic security and New Zealand’s response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has laid bare the risks and vulnerabilities of small states in a global security environment characterized by large volumes of tourism and immigration, and dependencies in international student and agricultural markets and on vital supplies. In this article, the author asks why are New...

The 12-week window: coronavirus crisis Australia didn’t have to have

This paper argues that the coronavirus crisis was ‘the crisis that Australia didn’t have to have’. The paper lays out a detailed weekly timeline of the crucial first twelve weeks of the crisis, which were Australia’s window of opportunity for fighting the virus at the...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Abbott splitting hairs on the difference between towing and turning back the boats

Prime Minister Tony Abbott claims there is a big between turning boats around in Australian waters and the Australian Navy towing them back to Indonesia.

Foreign and security policy in the new Malaysia

This analysis argues that the democratisation of the policymaking process, efforts at greater transparency, and leadership in the area of human rights at the global level are all welcome moves under the Pakatan Harapan government. However, these will have only limited international impact if unaccompanied...
Working paper

Winds of change: Pacific Islands and the shifting balance of power in the Pacific Ocean

As China becomes more powerful, it is challenging American regional military predominance in Asia, but also in the western Pacific and increasingly in the Indian Ocean. This paper is concerned with the implications of this shift in strategic thinking for Pacific island states.

Independent Assurance Review of New Zealand’s biosecurity international border defences for passenger and mail pathways

This review was commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries after the detection of a Queensland Fruit Fly in Auckland’s North Shore in February 2019 and was conducted by Australia’s newly-appointed Inspector-General of Biosecurity, Rob Delane.

Interregnum: The regional order in the Middle East and North Africa after 2011

This report contends that the Middle East regional order since 2011 has changed in several ways and argues that the sovereign state system and territorial boundaries are more resilient than widely assumed.

Agenda for change 2019: strategic choices for the next government

This publication contains thirty short essays that cover a vast range of subjects, from the big geostrategic challenges of our times, through to defence strategy; border, cyber and human security; and key emergent technologies.

Time’s up for this failed experiment

The creation of the Department of Home Affairs broke the rules of good government. Labor should commit to dismantling it, suggests Paddy Gourley.