security

In peacetime, why does Sovereignty matter?

Dr Marigold Black uses both defence and civilian contexts to inform her primary research of modern conceptualisations of sovereignty.

Women in international security: Theory and practice

This 10-part seminar series runs over four semesters at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2018-19, and is sponsored by the ANU Gender Institute and the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre.

China’s quest for techno-military supremacy

China’s Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter has officially entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

Being a good neighbour: Australia in Asia

Australia 360: A panel of academics from the SDSC discuss Australia’s relationships with its neighbours.

Regional roundup spotlights Australia’s key relationships

Speaking at the Australian National University’s annual Australia 360 event last Tuesday, a panel of academics broke down Australia’s key regional relationships, starting in Southeast Asia.

Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia today

Throughout the Cold War Paul Dibb worked with the highest levels of Australian and American intelligence, and was one of very few Australian officials to be given the top-secret security clearance

"The Death of this Security Norm is greatly exaggerated": Beyond the Violation/Compliance Dichotomy

Our current understanding of the ‘death’ of important norms governing international security is both empirically and theoretically flawed. The literature has argued that a wide range of norms – such as those against torture, mercenary use, or unrestricted submarine warfare – are either ‘dead’ or under significant challenge. It suggests that the key cause of norm death is widespread violation. Yet, this claim is problematic because, for methodological reasons, these mainly constructivist studies tend to focus on single norms and measure their strength using degree of compliance.

Thai Military Power

At the centre of the vital Asia–Pacific region, Thailand is important. But, despite its large population and powerful military forces performing significant roles in state and society, Thailand has little military power.

Why is this?

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