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

Gulf Cleavage a Long Time in the Making

Gulf cleavage a long time in the making

12 June 2017

Dr Jennifer Hunt takes a closer look at the unfolding dispute between Qatar and the Gulf states.

Shrine to victims of crime

Twisted beliefs driving Islamist butchers

9 June 2017

Terrorists operating against Western targets claim their acts are inspired, and in many cases required by Islam, writes Anthony Bergin.

China's influence in Australia is not ordinary soft power

China's influence in Australia is not ordinary soft power

7 June 2017

Professor Rory Medcalf on the intrusive influence of the Chinese communist party.

US-Australia bond transcends transitory occupant of White House: James Clapper

US-Australia bond transcends transitory occupant of White House: James Clapper

7 June 2017

I first came to Australia in 1984, visiting Alice Springs as commander of the US Air Force Technical Applications Centre...

Chinese army

Why Xi Jinping’s Belt & Road rhetoric of inclusion rings hollow among the Muslim Uygurs of Xinjiang

7 June 2017

Michael Clarke says the creation of a veritable police state in Xinjiang is fuelling alienation and even radicalisation among Uygurs.

Will enhanced soldiers fight a just war?

31 May 2017

Technologies enhance soldiers but could they reduce their moral capacity?

Busy public place

Health preparedness and Australian counterterrorism strategy

17 May 2017

The truth is that Australia is unprepared to respond to a major disaster, arues Dr Anthony Bergin.

Citizenship test reinforces important Australian liberal democratic values

Citizenship test reinforces important Australian liberal democratic values

26 April 2017

The government's citizenship announcement provides the opportunity to inject a fresh approach on what it means to be Australian, writes Dr Anthony Bergin.

President Obama

Obama and the “Under-Reach/Over-Reach” Dilemma in American Grand Strategy

25 April 2017

Michael Clarke examines Obama's foreign policy legacy and Trump's grand strategy dilemma.

China doesn't hold the economic leverage over Australia

China's economic leverage over Australia

12 April 2017

The nature and limits of Chinese influence are often not well understood. Professor Rory Medcalf outlines the latest NSC analysis of this issue.

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