Expert commentary

The National Security College brings the latest cutting edge research and commentary developed by leading professionals and academics in the national security community. Expert commentary is aimed at identifying and analysing key security challenges confronted by the national security community.

2017 Foreign Policy White Paper

This white paper is a hard-nosed foreign policy document

24 November 2017

The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper reads much like a national security statement, writes Rory Medcalf in the Australian Financial Review.

How can the west win the cyberwar against Islamic State?

23 November 2017

Jacinta Carroll warns of a looming 'cyber jihad' with the terrorist group on ABC's Lateline.

Chinese command centre - Indo-Pacific map

An Indo-Pacific quad is the right response to Beijing

9 November 2017

Australia is right to craft a healthy diversity of diplomatic dialogues, some including China, some including America, some including neither, writes Rory...

Beersheeba battle commemoration

The charge of the Australian cyber Light Horse

31 October 2017

Australia's past success at Beersheba has valuable lessons about cyber security, write Rory Medcalf and Elanor Huntington.

Belt and Road: A sprawling agenda with a core purpose

26 October 2017

Dr Michael Clarke writes on the major challenges for Australia flowing from China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Iraq, the Kurds, and the mess America has made

24 October 2017

America's strategy has diminished it's influence and emboldened Iran, Anthony Ricketts writes.

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Africa’s prosperity depends on security, and Australia has a role

23 October 2017

We can do much more more for the political and economic stability of the continent, argues Anthony Bergin.

Beijing Olympic torch relay protests

National security and foreign interference

11 October 2017

In recent speeches, Rory Medcalf has emphasised respecting the freedom of expression of Australia’s diverse Chinese community.

Is Australia ready for natural disasters?

5 October 2017

Disaster resilience and mitigation are much cheaper than recovery, argues Anthony Bergin.

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No such thing as defeat for Islamic State’s propaganda machine

20 September 2017

Mosul has fallen and Raqqa is under siege, but the propaganda battle lies ahead, writes Haroro Ingram.


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