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Canberra’s growing silence on US leadership in Asia

19 February 2019

BY HUGH WHITE Sometimes what is left out of a major policy speech is as important as what is said. This was certainly true late January when Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne spoke about...

When Australian nuclear weapons could make sense

1 February 2019

BY STEPHAN FRUEHLING This article was originally published by The Strategist. What a way to start a year! The debate initiated by three former Australian deputy secretaries of defence—Hugh White,...

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Trust in short supply when there are no shared values

23 January 2019

BY PAUL DIBB This article originally appeared in The Australian on 23 Jan 2019. In the Australian debate about the priority to be given to the economic relationship with China versus the national...

Competing Pacific narratives

20 January 2019

BY JOANNE WALLIS This article was originally published by East Asia Forum. Two narratives dominated geopolitical discussions of the Pacific islands in 2018 — that of the Blue Pacific and the Indo-...

Who is watching the watchers? It's a bureaucratic maze

3 December 2018

BY JOHN BLAXLAND. Guarding Australia in an alphabet soup of spy organisations, Australia needs a new National Security Adviser to balance competing advice with clear strategy. The government...

A Radical New Defence Policy - Brendan Sargeant

28 September 2018

This is the transcript of the speech delivered by Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeant at the public panel event ‘Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy’ on 27 September 2018. Two other...

A Radical New Defence Policy - Paul Dibb

28 September 2018

This is the transcript of the speech delivered by Professor Paul Dibb at the public panel event ‘Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy’ on 27 September 2018. Two other speeches were...

A Radical New Defence Policy - Richard Brabin-Smith

28 September 2018

This is the transcript of the speech delivered by Honorary Professor Richard Brabin-Smith at the public panel event ‘Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy’ on 27 September 2018. Two...

Is the time right for Australia and Japan to become formal allies?

21 September 2018

BY LUKE COURTOIS Should Australia and Japan sign a defence treaty to challenge China’s military rise? Luke Courtois argues that such a move would send a very poor signal to China, destabilising an...

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne … hamstrung at the PIF summit in Nauru this week by Australia’s hypocritical policies. Image: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Australia needs to sing from same song sheet as Pacific

6 September 2018

BY DR JOANNE WALLIS Australia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne probably envied New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s welcome at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’...

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