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3 Apr 2020
Realism and global pandemic
Realism, in terms of international relations theory, focuses primarily on the constraining effects of anarchy, the reasons why great powers compete f...
1 Apr 2020
Opportunity knocking: Rising from the ashes of COVID-19
It will be the defining point of this decade and for many nations coronavirus is revealing a startling level of vulnerability, however it isn’t all ...
30 Mar 2020
Op-Ed: Does COVID-19 provide an opportunity for further geo-strategic disruption?
The advent of COVID-19 has presented a major challenge to the established global economic, political and strategic order, revealing the fragility of m...
13 Mar 2020
ASPI: ADF move towards Australia’s north, a risk worth taking?
As part of the ‘North of 26° south’ series from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Strategist, Graeme Dunk has questioned the hy...
10 Mar 2020
Why shouldn’t Australia have a say in the Indo-Pacific’s 21st century rules?
The Lowy Institute’s Sam Roggeveen has declared that “Asia needs a new order for the post-American era, and it cannot be a liberal one”. In lig...
5 Mar 2020
Op-Ed: Nuclear stagnation – Assessing the viability and the debate around nuclear capabilities
It is interesting that one of the most advanced and, on its creation, staggeringly innovative energy sources know to humanity is forcing the most torp...
3 Mar 2020
Perfect storm reveals startling vulnerability and declining ‘national resilience’
With each passing day the impact of the coronavirus upon global supply chains is becoming painfully apparent, with Australia’s economy teetering on...
21 Jan 2020
Responding to the age of disruption by asking the difficult questions
Rising great power competition, mounting national debt, automation, economic instability and climate change are all serving to undermine the traditi...
16 Jan 2020
Sorry Hewson, you’re wrong: The ADF’s primary role is to defend the nation, not disaster response
Former Liberal opposition leader John Hewson has issued a rallying cry to see the ADF mobilised to address the nation’s “greatest security threat...
15 Jan 2020
Preparing the nation for a truly sovereign naval shipbuilding capability
2020 is shaping up to be a big year for the government’s $95 billion Naval Shipbuilding Program. As the multibillion-dollar Arafura Class and Hunter...
24 Dec 2019
A royal commission is the best way to find solutions to the veteran suicide crisis
With much ink already spilled on the merits of a royal commission into veteran suicide, it’s helpful to recap what we know and what we don’t know ...
11 Dec 2019
How can Australia’s mid-sized defence manufacturers work with or compete with the primes?
Australia’s small to medium-sized business (SMB) manufacturing sector has been given a significant boost as a result of the record $200 billion wort...
9 Dec 2019
Op-Ed: The links between national security and a world-leading education capability
As Australia struggles to comprehend its latest abysmal results and slip in the global rankings of education performance, Industry 4.0 and the growing...
2 Dec 2019
Transforming the performance of defence assets
In the decade to 2020, the Australian government has earmarked more than $150 billion in spending on new defence capabilities. Around 80 per cent of ...
4 Oct 2019
NSW to make a splash at Pacific 2019: Minister Ayres
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres has welcomed Pacific 2019 exhibitors to Sydney, with the state well positio...
16 Sep 2019
Time to rethink Australia’s strategic milling over China
Australia’s strategic, economic and political apprehension about the rising power of China in the Indo-Pacific has dominated recent national debate...
10 Sep 2019
Helping the tall poppies grow – Supporting the growth of Australia’s defence SMEs
Australia’s defence industry and advanced manufacturing sectors are going from strength to strength with the support of the Defence Industrial Capab...
27 Aug 2019
Hugh White’s Defence of Australia doctrine sounds worryingly familiar
Following a renewed vision of the 1980’s-era Defence of Australia policy championed by Professor Hugh White, debate has been set alight, with former...
20 Aug 2019
Securing Australia’s naval shipbuilding future and navigating the challenges of industry modernisation
Australia’s record $95 billion shipbuilding program is poised to reshape the nation’s naval shipbuilding capacity and the future warfare capabilit...
17 Jul 2019
SMEs hold the key to developing Australia’s defence sector
Australia’s SME ecosystem has gone from strength to strength as a result of the record $200 billion worth of investment in Australia’s defence and...

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Jul 2 2020
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