Articles by: "John Coyne"
Lessons for Australia in US biodefence strategy

In Stephen King’s apocalyptic horror novel The stand, the accidental release of a biological weapon, a super-flu nicknamed Captain Trips, caused a global pandemic that wiped out 99.4% of the world’s population. King masterfully paints …

Rethinking Australia’s biosecurity

Australia may no longer ride on the sheep’s back, but our economic and cultural links with the land and agriculture remain strong. Arguably, Australia’s economy remains intrinsically linked to agricultural production. Deliberate or accidental biosecurity …

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?*

Amid the turmoil of the Liberal leadership spill, and its ripple effects, the government introduced its controversial draft laws to give police the power to demand identification from travellers at airports. In contrast to the …

Mice that roar: patrol and coastal combatants in ASEAN

For very good reasons, maritime security concerns, particularly those centred on the South China Sea, have featured prominently in ASEAN member states’ individual and collective agendas over the last decade. The 10 ASEAN nations face …

Policing illicit drugs: what works

Earlier this month, I wrote in The Strategist that despite law enforcement’s operational successes in terms of the number and weight of drug seizures, little progress is being made in reducing the supply. The article …

Policing illicit drugs: big hauls are easily replaced

On last week’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, most nations took the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to an international society free of illegal drugs. Police from London to Washington, Canberra to …