Discussion paper

National mobilisation during war: past insights, future possibilities

Wars often arrive unexpectedly, and their nature and scope are rarely understood before they start. This paper aims to provide a structured way of thinking about mobilisation policymaking and planning that takes this inherent uncertainty into account.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Who has a say in sending Australian troops to war?

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop claims the government of the day has the ultimate responsibility for making decisions involving Australia's military.
Report

Millennials on war

In a world facing new and shifting sources of conflict, including disinformation and polarizing rhetoric around conflict, this ICRC survey explores the attitudes of over than 16,000 millennials in 16 countries and territories - roughly half in peace, and half experiencing conflict.
Working paper

Disaster risk reduction in conflict contexts: the state of the evidence

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) interrogated disaster risk reduction financing, policy and programming to understand the role of conflict, fragility and violence in disaster risk. The review of over 50 years of research shows how conflicts are deeply embedded in societies and can exacerbate vulnerability...
Report

Innovative global governance for Internally Displaced Persons

This paper argues that since the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, it is increasingly recognized that addressing internal displacement requires close collaboration between humanitarian and development actors, and, depending on the circumstances, between disaster risk reduction (DRR) and peace-building actors.
Briefing paper

No hands on deck: US and Australian progress in autonomous warfare at sea

This paper argues that as competition with China intensifies, future unmanned warfare can address key strategic and anti-access challenges for the United States, Australia and like-minded partners in the Indo-Pacific.
Report

India and Pakistan: Pulwama and the continuation of war by other means

This paper argues that any war between India and Pakistan would be very detrimental to both countries.
Working paper

Prototype warfare, innovation and the fourth industrial age

The fourth industrial revolution involves the continuous and cyclical flow of information and actions between the physical and digital worlds. This revolution can potentially create a hyper-connected defence-industry-research-academia ecosystem able to continually innovate.
Briefing paper

Finishing strong: seeking a proper exit from Afghanistan

This paper argues that the United States should pursue an exit strategy that is based on realistic timelines, supports a viable peace process that achieves a legitimate, representative Afghan government, seeks to protect the political and social gains made over almost 20 years, and provides...
Discussion paper

Paying for war: how to afford a future of strategic competition

This Centre of Gravity discussion paper examines military expenses funding, arguing for direct war taxes and conscription or systems of national service.