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Here’s our regular round-up of articles and analyses on the latest developments in strategy, defence and international security as well as upcoming events. First for today is Rohan Gunaratna at RSIS whose latest commentary looks …

Indonesia’s terrorism: a perpetual threat

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the Bali bombing, there’ll be remembrance ceremonies, personal reflections, and the entirely justified acknowledgments of the successful law enforcement and security cooperation that emerged since 2002. But there …

India: a rising power?

The rise of India has been trumpeted by analysts and scholars for over a decade. Dietmar Rothermund’s India the rise of an Asian giant, Mira Kamdar’s Planet India, Edward Luce’s In spite of the gods: …

Defence in an age of austerity

Hard times are upon Defence again, which will have implications for the way the nation’s military capability evolves. As Andrew Davies pointed out recently, much of the ADF’s capability today is thanks to a ramping …

Romney and the case of the lost Asia

Mitt Romney’s speech to the Virginia Military Institute on 8 October was, as he said, his chance to lay out the ‘vision’ for US foreign policy under his presidency. But anyone living in Asia reading …

Grand Strategy, Australia and China

As the final post in this series on grand strategy, I’m going to apply the framework developed earlier to one of the day’s biggest challenges (and opportunities)—China’s emergence on the world stage. Ironically, despite the …

ASPI suggests

After a long weekend, we’re back with the latest reports and events to suit the interests of Strategist readers. How easy are Southeast Asia’s seas to defend? Our first article for today is an RSIS …

We’ll be back tomorrow

It’s a(nother) public holiday in Canberra so we’ll be back tomorrow with our usual considered analysis, stats and graphs for your reading pleasure. The Strategist team

The ADF and expeditionary warfare

Al Palazzo’s post ‘A defence dividend need not become a defence liability’ raises some important points and provides sage advice to those responsible for the management of the Defence budget. One of the critical points …

Britain looks east

The Ditchley Foundation is a respected British think tank established in 1958 to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties. Today it’s increasingly interested in the Asia–Pacific and I attended a recent Ditchley conference on ‘Security and Prosperity in …

Minister, mandarins and the military

Who is really in charge of the Defence Department? Many would guess the military chiefs, which is logical enough. Some would even say the Minister—civil control and all that. Or perhaps, given the recent discussion …

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The Strategist team is back with our weekly compilation of latest reports, interesting discussion and upcoming events. The Australian National Audit Office has just released two linked audit reports on a subject near and dear …

Two cheers for ministerial staffers

Jennifer Westacott of the Business Council of Australia deserves credit for her speech on public service reform (PDF) a fortnight ago, and for the attention which she also drew to the roles of ministerial staff. Her …

We’ll be back tomorrow

It’s a Labour Day public holiday in Canberra so we’ll be back tomorrow with our usual considered analysis, stats and graphs for your reading pleasure. The Strategist team