It’s time for a new national security strategy

It’s been more than a decade since the then Gillard government released Australia’s first national security strategy, flagging an expectation that an updated strategy should be created every five years to set out key objectives …

Wartime trade: it’s not just military supply

The vulnerability of Australia’s trade routes to military coercion was highlighted by both last year’s Defence Strategic Update and by government commentary on the rationale for AUKUS. In his critique of ASPI’s new report, The …

How the Australian Border Force can exploit AI

Our ability to plan for crises, to reduce the uncertainties they present and to quickly diagnose the effectiveness of our actions in novel scenarios—all of this opens up a conversation about the possibilities and challenges …

South Korea approaches parliamentary elections

South Korea’s domestic politics are plagued by trends including polarisation, truth decay, strongly differing perspectives, sharp personalities, and a widening gender divide. These are manifested in a growing gap between the two major political parties—the …

Chinese innovation, regulation and AI

What follows is an interview by Project Syndicate with Angela Huyue Zhang, author of High Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs its Economy (Oxford University Press, 2024). Project Syndicate: In 2020, Chinese regulators …

Hardening Australia’s northern air bases

If Australia wants the ability to sustain northern air power, it needs air force bases that can fend off attacking missiles and also quickly recover from the hits by those that successfully penetrate. The Royal …

Governing AI in the global disorder

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that finding consensus on anything in the international system is difficult at the best of times, let alone in this age of geopolitical fracture, ideological contest and ‘permacrisis.’ Yet the …

India in the Quad: insider or outlier?

The Raisina Dialogue, India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and geoeconomics, was held from 21 to 23 February this year, and discussions on and around the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) took centre stage. Indian Minister of …

War risks to Australian maritime trade

If push comes to shove between China and the United States, Australia’s international trade with Asia is at risk of becoming collateral damage.  The sea routes through Indonesia and to Asia around the east of …