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Indian Army Sikh Light Infantry regiment
Indian Army Sikh Light Infantry regiment

Imagining an Indian National Security Strategy: the sum of its parts

Author(s): Medcalf, R
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

India’s power and interests continue to grow in the Indo-Pacific region and globally, yet its national security policymaking approaches have not kept pace. These may have been barely adequate for India’s twentieth-century experience as a regional power tending towards strategic restraint, but...

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Asia Policy No 24, July 2017
Asia Policy No 24, July 2017

The Belt and Road Initiative: China’s New Grand Strategy?

Author(s): Associate Professor Michael Clarke
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

The ambitious Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) has sparked a variety of reactions among governments throughout the regions encompassed by the initiative and by external commentators and analysts. In the main, there have been three major interpretations of BRI. The first view holds that BRI is...

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“That is what the terrorists want”: Media as amplifier or disrupter of violent extremist propaganda
“That is what the terrorists want”: Media as amplifier or disrupter of violent extremist propaganda

“That is what the terrorists want”: Media as amplifier or disrupter of violent extremist propaganda

Author(s): Ingram, H.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

Fidelity to the principles of quality journalism – critical, evidence-based, assertive, multiple source verified reporting – is more than sufficient to act as a disrupter of violent extremist propaganda. That is not the role of journalism, it is simply the likely product of quality journalism.

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Fisherman looking at the horizon in Burma
Fisherman looking at the horizon in Burma

Saving the South China Sea fishery: time to internationalise

Author(s): Tsirbas, M.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Key points: Twelve per cent of the global fish catch comes from the South China Sea, but that fishery is headed for collapse. This will have important national security implications for regional countries and Australia. Ensuing security tensions will be exacerbated by fishing nationalism....

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Exploring the Role of Instructional Material in AQAP’s Inspire and ISIS’ Rumiyah
Exploring the Role of Instructional Material in AQAP’s Inspire and ISIS’ Rumiyah

Exploring the Role of Instructional Material in AQAP’s Inspire and ISIS’ Rumiyah

Author(s): Ingram, H. Reed, A.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

In recent years Europe has faced an increasing wave of so-called ‘lone actor’ attacks committed by jihadist (or jihadist-inspired) terrorists. This trend has continued in 2017. For example, the attacks in London and Stockholm, which were simple but devastating in their methodology. Both attacks...

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China’s economic leverage: perception and reality

Author(s): Edited by Medcalf, R
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Perceptions of Australia’s vulnerability to Chinese economic pressure are exaggerated. Some individual sectors are more vulnerable than others but this does not extend to the economy as a whole. Economic pressure that would have the biggest impact on Australia, notably through the iron ore trade,...

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President elected: Donald Trump
President elected: Donald Trump

The Trump presidency and Australia’s security: don’t panic, don’t relax

Author(s): Medcalf, R. Young, R. Tsirbas, M. Sussex M.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Future US international policy has become uncertain, with the unpredictability of President Trump and deep divisions in political and public opinion. Security competitors will severely test US resolve and power, while allies will seek to hedge against US unpredictability as well as against Chinese...

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Weakest links: cyber governance and the threat to mid-sized enterprises
Weakest links: cyber governance and the threat to mid-sized enterprises

Weakest links: cyber governance and the threat to mid-sized enterprises

Author(s): Legrand, T
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

In partnership with the Macquarie Telecom Group, the NSC conducted a research project to acquire qualitative and quantitative insights into the governance of cyber security risks in Australian medium-sized businesses and government agencies. The governance of cyber security has become a pressing...

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Did Obama have a grand strategy?
Did Obama have a grand strategy?

Did Obama have a grand strategy?

Author(s): Clarke, M. Ricketts A.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

While campaigning for President in 2008, Barack Obama proposed a new direction in American strategy that would reverse the erroneous foreign policy choices of his predecessor, President George W. Bush. Senator Obama designed a strategy to ostensibly rewrite the United States’ relationship with the...

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Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?
Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?

Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?

Author(s): Clarke, M.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

President Xi Jinping’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” strategy has magnified Chinese concern for the security of its long restive northwestern province, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Xinjiang, as Owen Lattimore argued, throughout much of recorded history constituted (along with...

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