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U.S. Pacific Fleet doing an exercise with the Philippines in the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Defence White Paper fails to deal with the strategic risks we face in the Asian century

1 March 2016

Like so many defence plans before it, the latest one leaves us drifting without a coherent response to China’s bid for regional leadership.The 2016 Defence White Paper, launched last week, has been...

SDSC students' community consultation submission encouraging a dedicated capability for search and rescue.

SDSC students help inform the 2016 Defence White Paper

28 February 2016

A submission by the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre's (SDSC) International Security Studies students encouraging a dedicated capability for search and rescue has found its way into the 2016...

Upholding the order in Afghanistan. Image from Flickr, courtesy of ResoluteSupportMedia.

Playing by the global rules

27 February 2016

Australia's 2016 Defence white paper uses the term 'rules-based global order' 56 times, compared with just nine instances in its 2013 predecessor.This order, we are told, is 'a shared commitment by...

Use of Australia's defence force will represent a failure of policy, especially in any China-related contingency.  Photo: Xinhua News Agency

Playing by the global rules

26 February 2016

Australia’s 2016 Defence white paper uses the term “rules-based global order” 56 times, compared with just nine instances in its 2013 predecessor. This order, we are told, is “a shared...

HMAS Canberra docked in Hobart. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Gavin Anderson.

The end of 2 per cent: Australia gets serious about its defence budget

26 February 2016

Compared to Tony Abbott, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his defence minister, Marise Payne, see themselves as having a different emphasis in the way they view security challenges, how Australia...

A major expenditure will be the replacement of Collins Class submarines. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.

Defence white paper: how many billions is enough to keep Australia safe?

26 February 2016

The world is not completely Hobbesian, but there are enough points of concern for this defence white paper to be considered well argued.Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and defence minister Marise...

Vladimir Putin. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Global Panorama.

Assertive China and re-emergent Russia loom large strategically

24 February 2016

With the release of the defence white paper imminent, two disturbing trends are looming in Australia’s strategic environment: the increasingly assertive stance of China and Russia’s re-emergence as a...

Australian army engineer and ni-Vanuatu children. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Australian Department of Defence.

The 2016 white paper must get it right on defence diplomacy

23 February 2016

Non-violent defence diplomacy is a relatively new phenomenon. But it has already become a widely admired idea in Australia – and throughout Asia. It has substantial bipartisan support.Defence...

ASEAN. Image from Flickr, courtesy of sbmueller.

SDSC scholars on managing the great powers in Southeast Asia

22 February 2016

The tension around the South China Sea has shown no sign of diminishing. China keeps flexing its muscles, as aircraft land on newly built runways on artificial islands and warnings are issued to any...

Official picture of Bates Gill.

ANU welcomes Professor Bates Gill

18 February 2016

Leading China and East Asia strategic expert joins Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. One of the world’s foremost experts on China and...

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