'An incomplete project': Australians' views of the US alliance
The alliance with the United States remains the single most important element in Australia’s approach to managing strategic change in the Indo-Pacific. The authors of this report argue that as Australia adapts to an altered security landscape, it is more important than ever to look...
Growing challenges, rising ambitions
This report examines a range of pathways for U.S.-Australia cooperation to evolve and deepen. Covering economic, technological, diplomatic, development and defense topics, the 18 essays in this report outline the state of play on each topic, frame the most salient questions and challenges, and offer...
China and the challenge to global order
The authors of this paper argue that while China poses a modest security threat to the United States, it does pose a major challenge to the overall global economic and political order.
Many hands: Australia-US contributions to Southeast Asian maritime security resilience
This report brings together four leading experts from Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, to explore what role Australia and the United States could play in supporting more robust maritime security capabilities with their countries.
Lost time and damaged reputations: what Australia must do to go from blocker to leader on loss and damage
The author of this report argues that if the Albanese Government is sincere in its intention to show climate leadership on the world stage, and to be a 'different' Australian government to the Pacific, then it must deliver on a range of climate policies and...
Global AI cooperation on the ground: AI research and development on a global scale
This paper recommends that Forum for Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) governments, stakeholders and other likeminded entities prioritise cooperative research and development efforts on deployment of artificial intelligence as a tool for climate change monitoring and management and accelerating development and adoption of privacy enhancing...
G'day COP27: Australia's global climate reset
Australia will once again be in the spotlight at this year’s United Nations COP27 climate talks in Egypt. It presents the Albanese Government with an opportunity not only to demonstrate that Australia is back at the negotiating table, but that we’re willing and able to...
Can rubber meet the Road: reassessing US and Indo-Pacific allies’ infrastructure responses to China’s Belt and Road Initiative
In this report, the author argues that by increasing flexibility, focusing on strategic infrastructure, and being proactive not reactive, the United States and its allies stand a greater chance of drawing countries away from China’s Belt and Road Initiative and reducing its strategic risks.
US midterms 2022: the stakes for Australia and the alliance
Regardless of the outcome of the mid-term elections in the United States, the new Congress ultimately will both enable and constrain the policy-making necessary to execute lofty US and allied goals as the era of strategic competition continues unabated. The authors of this survey report...
Climate finance short-changed: the real value of the $100 billion commitment in 2019–2020
Developed countries are failing to meet the $100 billion climate finance goal – the deadline for a promise made 13 years ago. This brief sets out recommendations for action at COP27 and beyond to rectify this issue, restore trust in climate finance, and stop the...
Falling short: Australia’s role in funding fairer climate action in a warming world
This report calls on the Australia government to increase its ambition on climate finance, emphasising progressive climate action as vital if Australia is to fulfil its duty as a wealthy country and major polluter. This includes supporting a Pacific Islands proposal for a standalone finance...
Engaging a proactive Vietnam: a pragmatic economic agenda for Australia
Produced in collaboration with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, and funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council, this report provides a detailed overview of Australia-Vietnam economic engagement, identifies areas for future growth, and provides policy recommendations for further integration.
Australian views on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
This analysis is informed by interviews with officials from across the Australian Government and in industry bodies with portfolios that are relevant to the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework's four pillars. While the authors note that the officials interviewed aren’t the ultimate decision-makers, and that there’s a...
A fight for survival: tackling the climate crisis is key to security in the Blue Pacific
This report argues that to earn the trust of the rest of the region, Australia will need to show Pacific countries that it is serious about climate action. The window to avoid catastrophic impacts is closing fast. Global emissions must be halved by 2030, which...
Laying the foundations for AUKUS: strengthening Australia's high-tech ecosystem in support of advanced capabilities
This report argues that Australia should focus on force multipliers for the Australian Defence Force and areas that build foundations for sovereign capability. This will allow Australia to cement itself as a valuable contributor to an integrated trilateral AUKUS defence industrial base and allied supply...
Australia and the Pacific: shaping a shared future
The Pacific will always be an area of great strategic significance for Australia. Peace and stability in Pacific island countries goes to the heart of Australia’s security, prosperity and national interest. This report suggests the need for Australian policy-makers to think big to achieve a...
Maximising Australia’s memberships: recalibrating Australia’s engagement with Indo-Pacific groups
This report provides a stocktake of all Australia's Indo-Pacific strategic memberships, from the Five Eyes in 1956 up to AUKUS in late 2021. It then ranks all of Australia's group memberships by their current value and potential and recommends how to resource them.
COP29 in Australia: how hosting an international climate conference could revive Australia’s regional and global reputation
Australia has a chequered history in global climate negotiations. This paper argues that hosting COP29 would provide numerous economic, regional and diplomatic benefits to Australia. It may also demonstrate that the Australian government has turned a leaf on its diplomatic engagement.
Investing in our future: building strong and resilient health systems in the Indo-Pacific region
Building strong and resilient health systems across the Indo-Pacific region will require the sustained support of development partners and donors for the foreseeable future. This report presents the findings and recommendations from a rapid desk-based review of the current status of health system strengthening in...
PNG voices: listening to Australia's closest neighbour
This report outlines findings from the first major study of the attitudes of Papua New Guinean citizens toward PNG society and the bilateral relationship with Australia. The research captures a wide cross-section of perspectives and experiences from ordinary PNG citizens, including those living in a...
World Vision Australia's policy platform: election 2022
In this publication, World Vision Australia calls on all political parties to raise the level of ambition for Australia’s aid program.
Navigating emerging technology and evolving threats in the U.S.-Australia alliance
This briefing paper argues that the U.S.-Australia alliance has an important role to play in contributing to both strategic stability and deterrence in the Indo-Pacific, but realising this goal will require risk acceptance as part of future policy and strategy.
Resolving global crises: the urgent need to revive multilateralism and re-think Australia’s role
This paper focuses on the report 'Our Common Agenda', arguably one of the most hard-hitting reports recently released by the United Nations to strengthen multilateralism to address a range of crises, and urges more robust Australian engagement with these processes.
Convergence and divergence: multilateral trade and climate agendas
If the international community wants to make meaningful progress ahead of the 2030 deadline—which critics argue is still too late to avert global catastrophe—major global players should work together to reduce emissions at home and abroad. This paper discusses the politics of climate policy in...
Australia’s sovereign naval shipbuilding capability - Future Submarine Acquisition: a shambles - we don't think, we know
This report examines the AUKUS announcement and the cancellation of the agreement with Naval Group to build the Attack-class boats, in addition to providing an update on the Department of Defence's accountability and transparency.