Publications

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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This Connection is Secure: A 5G Risk and Resilience Framework for the Quad

Author(s): Kuehn, A, Ray, T
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

In the latest paper from the QTN series, the authors – Andreas Kuehn and Trisha Ray from the Observer Research Foundation – argue that the Quad countries need to devise effective ways to jointly manage risk and strengthen resilience of 5G components, domestic and foreign networks and global supply...

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Building a new maritime surveillance network across the Indian Ocean

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

The Indian Ocean is an increasingly contested strategic environment. A growing Chinese naval presence raises the prospect that Beijing may seek to challenge US naval dominance, potentially sparking a competitive naval arms race in the region. This would be of huge concern to Australia, forcing us...

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A Quad Partnership to Secure Battery Value Chains

Author(s): Wilson, J
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

This paper from the QTN Series examines batteries as a critical technology. Dr Jeffrey Wilson identifies that the global value chains that produce batteries are insecure and argues that while all the Quad countries recognise the need for secure battery value chains, they are yet to align their...

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Parliamentary Submission: Law enforcement capabilities in relation to child exploitation

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

This is a parliamentary submission to the Joint Committee on Law Enforcement’s inquiry examining law enforcement capabilities in relation to child exploitation, from Dr William Stoltz, Senior Adviser for Public Policy at the ANU National Security. Dr Stoltz outlines how the Commonwealth Government...

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Africa and Europe rally to contain Islamic insurgency in Mozambique

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

In late-July military advance teams from South Africa and Botswana began to deploy to northern Mozambique to support governments forces in their fight against a growing Islamist insurgency. They will join Rwandan combat troops and military training contingents from Europe and the United States. But...

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Strategic Futures for the Indian Ocean: A Roundtable

Author(s): Tarapore, A, Brewster, D, Bo, H, Cooper, Z, Mukherjee, R, Dean, P, Sullivan de Estrada, K, Byrne, C
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

India is the most consequential strategic actor in the Indian Ocean but its capabilities and intentions — and therefore the ocean’s strategic trajectory — will continue to evolve. This Asia Policy roundtable — drawn from a strategic futures exercise hosted by the ANU National Security College (NSC...

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