Report

The challenges to China’s national rejuvenation – part three: the lure and threat of Central Asia

As the first part of this paper showed, China’s planned 'dual-circulation economy', its strategy to reduce its overwhelming economic dependence on exports to fickle Western markets by increasing domestic consumption, is at heightened risk of failure due to its falling birth rates. That strategy is...
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...
Report

The United Kingdom’s Integrated Review: implications for the Indo-Pacific

The British Government recently released its long-awaited and highly-anticipated Integrated Review. The review sets out the government’s vision for a 'Global Britain', as well as the UK’s international role following its withdrawal from the European Union. It conveys that, for a country that has lost...
Policy report

Crucial collaboration: the case for closer Australia-UK defence and security ties in light of a rising China

This paper argues that the now is the time to broaden and deepen the Australia-UK relationship as the post-Brexit UK tilts to the Indo-Pacific. It outlines ways to collaborate on defence, intelligence and security and to tackle grey-zone interference, through both working together and with...
Report

Mapping security cooperation in the Pacific Islands

The purpose of this report is to identify and map the various cooperative security agreements, arrangements and institutions between and among states and territories in the Pacific Islands region, and their partners.
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.
Report

Stronger together: US force posture in Australia’s north—a US perspective on Australia’s strategic geography

This report argues why, and analyses how, Australia’s defence force capabilities and strategic geography can enable US force posture initiatives in the Indo-Pacific to promote greater regional cooperation in ways that advance US and Australian national interests.
Report

Report of the Inquiry into Australia's defence relationships with Pacific Island nations

This report and its recommendations reflect the committee’s belief that Australia’s defence relationships in the Pacific are extremely important and becoming increasingly so, and that additional efforts can and should be made to ensure the security of our region in the years to come.
Book

The China Story yearbook 2019: China dreams

The year 2019 marked a number of significant anniversaries for the People’s Republic of China (PRC), each representing different ‘Chinese dreams’. This publication is an essential tool for understanding China’s growing power and influence around the world.
Report

Women, peace, and security mandates for UN peacekeeping operations: assessing influence and impact

Peacekeeping mission mandates now routinely include language on women, peace, and security (WPS). This paper examines the factors that influence the inclusion of language on WPS in UN peacekeeping mandates and how this language influences the implementation of the WPS agenda in the field, focusing...