A Strategist retrospective: do alliances work?

 Originally published December 19, 2012. With ANZUS a core pillar of our own strategic policy, it should come as no surprise that Australians frequently turn (and return) to the subject of just how reliable that …

ASPI suggests

Welcome to our final ASPI suggests for 2013! How big are the region’s navies? OpenCanada.org has a super useful infographic (above, click to enlarge) that compares the size of China’s, Japan’s, Russia’s, Canada’s and the US …

The Strategist’s greatest (2013) hits

It’s the time of year when lazy editors dig through already published material it’s worth taking a breath and reflecting on what’s passed through our pages over the course of the year. I thought about …

2013 review – the year in cybsecurity

2013 was a significant year in cyberspace, both internationally and closer to home. Whilst the Edward Snowden leaks dominated the headlines, several important agreements and policy achievements were made further away from the glare of …

Reader response: are industry offsets a good idea?

I noted with interest Kym Bergmann’s question in the context of defence industry policy ‘why is “offsets” such a dirty word here’? The answer is actually straightforward: Australia tried offsets—and the results were hardly encouraging. …

Defence projects: the AWDs and the auditors

Yesterday saw the launch of the ANAO’s 2012–13 Major Projects Report, which takes an auditor’s eye view of the biggest and most complex defence projects. This year it analyses 29 projects—more than previous, and making …

Australia and Indonesia: what now?

Australians shouldn’t underestimate the depth of feeling that Indonesians feel about the recent spying matter. It has aggravated some old, deep wounds and surprised many there. This kind of surprise leads to deep cracks that …