Why counter-terrorism law reform still matters

In what was described as a ‘fairly major breakdown’ in border security, a convicted terrorist named Khaled Sharrouf recently left Australia without authorities noticing. He’s suspected to be in Syria, where several Australians have joined …

Reader response: China’s new dream

David Hale’s ‘China’s new dream‘ offers a tremendously rich picture of China’s economic and financial situation at home and globally. It’s probably the fullest, most up-to-date account available on the ‘re-rise of China’, which affects …

Status quo Australia versus revisionist Fiji

Australia likes the existing South Pacific system, while Fiji wants to change it. Even if Fiji returns to democracy, the prospect is for continuing competition between Suva and Canberra over competing visions of the regional …

It’s time to review the AWD

It’s Australia’s biggest current defence project and a multi-billion dollar headache for Defence Minister David Johnston. The Abbott Government is expected to commission soon a broad scale external review of the $8 billion air warfare …

Cybersecurity by executive order

Today ASPI has released a Strategic Insight on President Obama’s cybersecurity executive order. The report breaks down the challenges, criticisms, and successes of the effort to date, before offering clear lessons from the US experience that can …

ASPI suggests

We’re kicking off today’s round-up with an interesting article on the complex relationship between military robots and their soldiers. Here’s an excerpt: From holding elaborate funerals for robots, complete with 21-gun salutes, valor medals, and memorial markers, …

Tipping the scales? – not yet

Justice Michael Kirby has a long ‘to do’ list for Kim Jong-un. The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, chaired by retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, released its report on Monday. It …

Let’s create a better Internet together

Perhaps a bit dazed from the raucous success that was Safer Internet Day 2014, the European Commission may have taken the motto ‘let’s create a better Internet together’ a bit too far. Last Wednesday, the …

Cyber wrap

This week saw the long-awaited release of US President Obama’s Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity after a year of concentrated effort by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The document has been …

Australia–France dialogue requires Pacific involvement

In their recent Strategist posts, Anthony Bergin and Peter Jennings propose closer defence cooperation between Australia and France, following the ASPI Australia–France Defence and Industry Dialogue. But surprisingly, both authors are largely silent about the …

Guns and roses… but no Valentine’s Day massacre

The Valentine’s Day meeting in Suva between Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Fiji’s Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama proved more of a love-in than a confrontation. Predictions before the meeting suggested that confrontation—at least …