Publications

Indian Ocean step-up

Author(s): Dr David Brewster
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: OP Eds

India is in the driver’s seat to build new security structures in the region, but it can’t do it alone. Like Australia in the Pacific, India has been pursuing its own Indian Ocean island step-up, largely driven by concerns about China’s growing influence in the region. This has included increased...

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Australia and the United Kingdom: an Indo-Pacific security agenda for a revitalised partnership

Author(s): Medcalf, R, Nouwens, V
Date of publication: 2022
Publication type: Policy

The strategic relationship between Australia and the United Kingdom has gained fresh prominence, with the announcement of AUKUS and Britain’s ‘tilt’ to the Indo-Pacific under its 2021 Integrated Review. In this paper, Head of the ANU National Security College Professor Rory Medcalf and Royal...

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Maldives embroiled in Mauritius-UK tussle over Chagos

Author(s): Ahmed Mujuthaba, David Brewster
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: OP Eds

A seemingly tranquil archipelago in the central Indian Ocean has wide-ranging strategic significance for key players. For decades, Mauritius and the United Kingdom have been in a dispute over ownership of the Chagos Islands in the central Indian Ocean. Recently, Maldives has become entangled in “...

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The Significance and Strategic Context of the 2021 New Caledonia Independence Referendum

Author(s): Thompson, S
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

In this paper from the NSC’s Occasional Briefing series, Associate professor Sue Thompson outlines the significance and strategic context of the 2021 New Caledonia Independence Referendum.

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Maldives: India first or India out?

Author(s): Dr David Brewster
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: OP Eds

Relations between one of the largest countries in the world and one of the smallest inevitably brings sensitivities. Recent protests in Maldives against India’s influence in the country calling for “Indian military out” has led the Maldives government to respond by reiterating its “India First”...

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Shaping the Quad's DNA: How can Quad Countries Manage Biotech's Opportunities and Risks?

Author(s): Dirk van der Kley
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

This paper – authored by Dirk van der Kley from the School of Regulation and Global Governance – argues that biotechnology is set to be one of the most lucrative emerging technologies, offering an opportunity for Quad countries to cooperate on biotech standards, ethics, and joint research...

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Improving National Security Governance: Options for Strengthening Cabinet Control and Parliamentary Oversight

Author(s): Stoltz, W
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

Following decades of investment, legislative reform, and structural adaptation to changing threats, Australia’s national security apparatus is now one of the most complex and sophisticated in the world. Yet, the Parliamentary and ministerial structures for guiding Australia’s national security...

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Data-Driven Technology and National Security: Enhancing Government Collaboration with the Private Sector

Author(s): Gordon, A
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

In this Policy Options Paper, Alasdair Gordon — CEO of Ecosse Global — argues that to harness rapid advances in machine learning, data analytics, automation and related data-driven technologies, Australia’s intelligence and security community must broaden and deepen partnership with the private...

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Parliamentary Submission: The Protection of Freedom of Speech

Author(s): Stoltz, W, Mortensen, J
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

Dr William Stoltz and Dr James Mortensen, of the ANU National Security College, have made a public submission to inform Parliament’s consideration of proposed amendments to the Australian Constitution in relation to the protection of freedom of speech. The submission outlines the national security...

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A Techno-Diplomacy Strategy for Telecommunications in the Indo-Pacific

Author(s): Curtis, L, Rasser, M
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

This paper – authored by Lisa Curtis and Martijn Rasser from the Center for a New American Security – argues that the Quad has an opportunity to shape the telecommunications ecosystem in the Indo-Pacific so that key 5G and undersea cable infrastructure are more secure, resilient and open. The...

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