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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.

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Base race in the Horn of Africa

8 February 2018

A race to to build military bases threatens to change the naval balance in the north-west Indian Ocean, writes David Brewster.

Jigsaw puzzle

We need a joined-up security strategy for a dangerous world

6 February 2018

Australia is more than ready for its next National Security Strategy, Anthony Bergin argues.

Chinese container ship

Danger of Belt and Road in South Asia

31 January 2018

China’s grand initiative will result in important strategic consequences for the countries of the region, writes David Brewster.

Quad Admirals on stage at the Raisina Dialogue

India locks in the quadrilateral dialogue to counter China

25 January 2018

Rory Medcalf writes in the Australian Financial Review on the importance of recent strategic dialogues in India.

PLA-N Xia class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN)

Goodbye Asia-Pacific. But why the sudden buzz over Indo-Pacific?

3 January 2018

Rory Medcalf writes in the South China Morning Post on why the consolidation of the Indo-Pacific idea in 2017 is so strategically important, and why China...

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Home Affairs Ministry: a commonwealth of ideas, not empire of rules

21 December 2017

Preserving operational strengths while improving strategic policy planning and coordination is the challenge for the new department, writes Anthony Bergin.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Defending our democracy against authoritarian China is not some political game

8 December 2017

Rory Medcalf writes for the Australian Financial Review on Australia updating its laws on foreign interference, espionage, sabotage and treason.

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Is China’s Uyghur challenge changing its calculus on Syria?

7 December 2017

What to make of recent reports that China is sending special forces to Syria? Michael Clarke asks in The Diplomat.

Chinese police

Australia must get used to a new order with China as a major player

7 December 2017

Michael Clarke and Matthew Sussex say Australia needs to consider the new realities rather than long for a bygone era of uncontested US supremacy.

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Audio: Rex Tillerson's cull of experts from US State Department

27 November 2017

Dr Jennifer Hunt on Rex Tillerson's downsizing of the State Department and the implications for US engagement in the world.

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