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15 Aug 2019
Recognising the strategic importance of India and Australia’s relationship
On this day (15 August) in 1947, UK Parliament passed the Indian Independence Act, transferring legislative sovereignty to the Indian Constituent Asse...
14 Aug 2019
Preparing for a new Defence Force Posture Review
Opposition defence spokesperson Richard Marles used the election to commit the ALP to conducting a new Defence Force Posture Review – the first su...
14 Aug 2019
Further Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong sends renewed warning to region
With the People’s Liberation Army massing on the border of Hong Kong and a series of renewed pro-democracy riots, the message to the Indo-Pacific i...
13 Aug 2019
Debate continues to limit Australia’s future in an era of rising great powers
Almost like taking a leaf out of the book of Neville Chamberlain, Australia’s strategic policy community has used the language of defeat and accommo...
13 Aug 2019
Growing focus on Indian Ocean for new Defence Minister
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has reinforced Australia’s position as an Indian Ocean power during a speech at the Indo-Pacific Conference hosted...
12 Aug 2019
Is it time to modernise the Two Ocean policy?
Australia’s Two Ocean policy, established in the late 1980s, marked a major shift in the naval force posture of the Royal Australian Navy as it shi...
12 Aug 2019
Growing consensus about Darwin heralds need for Aussie balance in the Pacific
Growing consensus amongst Australia’s political and strategic leaders, combined with a renewed American focus on Darwin, has highlighted the importa...
9 Aug 2019
Charting the middle path between the US-China strategic competition
Former SAS officer turned government MP Andrew Hastie has issued a call to arms for Australia to chart a middle path between the growing Chinese and A...
9 Aug 2019
Calls for Australia to position itself as an ‘honest broker’ requires increased national capacity
The rapidly evolving economic, political and geo-strategic paradigm has prompted many from across Australian politics and strategic think tanks to ca...
8 Aug 2019
MINDEF outlines plans to expand Australia’s strategic relationship with NATO
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has moved to strengthen Australia’s strategic partnership with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a ceremony...
8 Aug 2019
Maximising the role of a 5th-generation air force in projecting national power
PhD candidate Peter Hunter’s special report for ASPI has presented a series of important questions about the future of the Royal Australian Air Forc...
7 Aug 2019
What’s the end goal of China’s pursuit of Pacific presence?
China has moved to expand its soft power into Australia’s backyard – the south Pacific. The increased push for critical infrastructure developmen...
7 Aug 2019
Nuclear energy inquiry presents opportunity to answer Australia’s energy security challenges
Nuclear power has proved a poison chalice in Australian politics, however the perfect storm of environmental, consumer cost and the strategic imperati...
6 Aug 2019
Reorientating Navy’s major basing infrastructure to the north
As both government policy and strategic factors require the Australian Navy to play a greater role in the northern approaches to the Australian contin...
6 Aug 2019
AUSMIN 2019 draws attention to growing challenges of ‘grey zone’ security challenges
While much of the focus of the 2019 AUSMIN meeting was around the growing competition between the US and China, the growing challenges of ‘grey zon...
5 Aug 2019
AUSMIN meetings reaffirm ‘special relationship’ and commitment to the Indo-Pacific
The latest round of the annual AUSMIN meetings in Sydney have set a new tone for Australia-US relations in the Indo-Pacific and sent a clear message t...
5 Aug 2019
Supporting the development of Australia’s growing expeditionary capability
The Australian government’s unprecedented period of military modernisation may have been prompted by a growing power shift in the global and regiona...
2 Aug 2019
Canary in the coal mine? Hong Kong, Taiwan and a new Cold War?
At the close of the Second World War, Berlin became a city torn between the triumphant Allies who had now turned their hostilities towards one another...
1 Aug 2019
The Pacific Step-up and the case for an extra Aussie LHD
With the Australian government placing increasing focus on the Pacific as part of its ‘Pacific Step-up’ program, the ADF will be required to balan...
1 Aug 2019
Naval shipbuilding time frame presents risk of skills atrophy and project delays
Australia’s $90 billion naval shipbuilding program has been described as a major step-change in the way the nation conducts not only naval shipbuild...

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