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The South China Sea: next stop the UN Security Council?

30 May 2016

All the signs indicate that China is preparing to reject the anticipated adverse judgment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the South China Sea. The Philippines is arguing that China is acting...

Tracks in the sand.

Australian strategy has a TINA problem

26 May 2016

In 1983 Bob Hawke and his new Treasurer Paul Keating came to office promising to resist radical changes to Australia’s economic system. Hawke’s election pitch had recognised the economy was in bad...

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

Submarines: defence analysts say much to learn from Collins class submarines

27 April 2016

Thirty years after the Collins class ‘dud subs’ were built, and 20 years since they hit the water, defence analysts warn Australia should pay close attention while building their replacements and...

Japan says Australia's decision to go elsewhere for submarines 'deeply regrettable'. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Day Donaldson.says

‘Deeply regrettable’: Japan sidelined as Australia awards submarine contract to France

27 April 2016

France has beat competition from Germany and Japan to win a Aus$50 billion (US$39 billion) contract to design and build Australia’s next generation of submarines, in a decision Tokyo called ‘deeply...

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...

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