The legacy of Henry Kissinger

It is difficult to imagine the world without Henry Kissinger, not simply because he lived to be 100 years old, but because he occupied an influential—and sometimes dominant—place in American foreign policy and international relations …

How to make a defence ‘prime’

Following the 2023 defence strategic review and in the face of an increasingly challenging security environment, Australia’s long-standing goal of building sovereign industrial capacity has taken on new urgency. But the lofty ideal has never been …

The threat spectrum

Planet A The host nation of COP28, the United Arab Emirates, has been criticised over leaked documents that reveal plans to leverage the climate discussions to promote deals for its national oil and gas companies. …

Be alert to China’s military weaknesses

Some of those who want to appease Beijing assert that China’s military superiority would enable it to defeat the US over Taiwan. Like the supposed superior strengths of the Chinese economy, these arguments are based …

The statecraft and strategy of the Albanese government

At the mid-point of Labor’s three-year term, the international strategy and statecraft of the new government is more fully formed than its domestic identity. Global turmoil—the polycrisis—has quickly tested and tempered the government’s world view. Whatever …

In defence innovation, private capital is not a free lunch

Australia’s Department of Defence is redesigning its processes for identifying, developing and procuring innovative new technologies. Even the name of its new organisation—Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator—emphasises the core mission of bringing on capability at speed. …