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A Collins Class submarine in Sydney Harbour. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy.

Submarines decision ultimately shows the merits of partisan debate on defence

26 April 2016

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the announcement that French firm DCNS will build Australia’s next fleet of submarines came sooner – and in a better fashion – because of partisan politics. This...

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ANU ranked number one in Australia for politics and international studies

22 March 2016

The latest world subject rankings have strengthened the ANU position as among the best universities of the world and the top university in Australia. These rankings include...

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SDSC Scholars Offer Insight and Analysis on the 2016 Defence White Paper

22 March 2016

With the launch of the new and heavily anticipated 2016 Defence White Paper on Thursday 25 February, Australia has joined the Asia-Pacific arms race –- allocating up to $19 billion for weaponry and...

PLA soldiers pose with US marine. Photo from Flickr, courtesy of U.S. Army.

After the Defence White Paper, it's time we talked about war with China

8 March 2016

After the Defence White Paper, it's time we talked about war with China, writes Hugh White.Whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intended it or not, his new Defence White Paper has been widely...

John Blaxland talks with Henry Shinn about Australian strategy and the Defence White Paper.

John Blaxland talks with Henry Shinn from tbs eFM Primetime about Australian strategy and the Defence White Paper 2016

3 March 2016

John Blaxland talks with Henry Shinn from tbs eFM Primetime about Australian strategy and the Defence White Paper 2016 on 3 March 2016.Listen to the podcast interview.

Iron ore in WA loaded on ships to China. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Jussarian.

Australia’s balancing act with Beijing

2 March 2016

New Defence White Paper’s China strategy will be complicated and demanding. But it also needs candour and collaboration, writes Bates Gill.In terms more pointed than its predecessors, the 2016...

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...

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