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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...

Facing reality in the South China Sea

18 February 2016

The news that China has placed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island, part of the disputed Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, will surprise many observers. In September 2015, Chinese...

Sunset over the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of aidorian.

Facing reality in the South China Sea

18 February 2016

The news that China has placed surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island, part of the disputed Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, will surprise many observers.Read the full article.

Australia and the United States.

Can we really be sure the US will underwrite Australia's security?

16 February 2016

As the Turnbull government reviews its defence policy, Americans are becoming increasingly reluctant to take on all the world's problems. Read the full article..

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Embassy the Hague.

US–China rivalry: does Asia have to choose?

9 February 2016

Can America preserve the US-led regional order by resisting China’s challenge to replace it with ‘a new model of great-power relations’? That depends a lot on how much support the United States can...

Fighter jets. Image from Flickr, courtesy of dvids hub.

ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre tops think tank list

29 January 2016

The ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) has again been ranked as Australia's leading university-based think tank, as well as Top 3 Best Government Affiliated Think Tanks in Australia, and...

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