Budget: a vision of a fraught and fragile world

Beneath the deeply domestic dimensions of any annual budget lies Canberra’s view of the world. The fiscal flashlight of spending and saving (and now subsidising) naturally catches the eye of every Australian taxpayer. Those taxpayers …

Defence industry and the illusion of control

A well-worn yarn in defence industry circles is the tale of the apocalyptic Last Supper of 1993. Then-US defense secretary Les Aspin called chief executives from the major prime contractors to a secret dinner at …

Aiming at countering small drones, ADF faces challenges

The Australian Defence Force is working on countering small, cheap drones, but the challenges are daunting, with drone technology constantly evolving to sidestep anti-drone measures. Domestic legal obstacles don’t help. A specific acquisition project, LAND …

Japan, AUKUS and cyberwarfare

Cooperating to strengthen Japan’s cyber defences and develop new offensive cyberweapons must be the first priority of any AUKUS collaboration involving Japan. Not only is this now key to Japan’s security, but it is a …

What TikTok got wrong about America

TikTok is now one of the biggest stories in business and geopolitics. US President Joe Biden  has just signed a law that will ban the massively popular app in nine months if its Chinese owner, ByteDance, does …

US-China cooperation remains possible

When US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Beijing last month in an effort to stabilise relations with China, many of the issues that he discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping were highly contentious. For …

Why the EU’s new migration pact matters

Amid escalating geopolitical tensions, and with European Parliament elections looming, the narrow passage last month of the European Union’s Migrant and Asylum Pact has attracted relatively little attention. To be sure, the agreement is more remarkable …