Publications

Diego Garcia: The costs of defending an Indian Ocean outpost

Author(s): Samuel Bashfield
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Publications

Australian support for Britain’s contentious Chagos sovereignty claim risks delegitimising its South China Sea policy. By Samuel Bashfield On 22 November, the United Kingdom failed to comply with UN Resolution 73/295 passed in May, which demanded the UK “withdraw its colonial administration from...

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Activating People Power to Counter Foreign Interference and Coercion

Author(s): Katherine Mansted
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Policy

Key points Citizens are increasingly frontline actors in Australia’s security challenges: as targets of malign interference and coercion, victims of collateral damage, and agents of national resilience. Advances in information and communications technologies have made Australian society...

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PM Modi's Visit by President of Sri Lanka via Flickr
PM Modi's Visit by President of Sri Lanka via Flickr

India's clever alliances with island states

Author(s): Ian Hall
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Publications

A multifaceted outreach with Indian Ocean neighbours provides useful lessons in navigating China’s dominance. By Ian Hall. As India struggles to manage China’s economic and diplomatic influence in its immediate neighbourhood, it has recently made progress in building more robust ties with four...

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Strategic Submarines and Strategic Stability: Looking Towards the 2030s

Author(s): Norman Friedman
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Publications

In his characteristically uncompromising fashion, Norman Friedman combines deep expertise with candid assessments. He poses a striking challenge to the notion that an era of transparent oceans is ahead, and makes a case for the continued role of SSBNs in contributing to strategic stability, while...

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HMAS Canberra and USS Fitzgerald
HMAS Canberra and USS Fitzgerald

It's time for a "Quad" of Coast Guards

Author(s): David Brewster
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Publications

The so-called Quad group of Indo-Pacific maritime democracies – Australia, India, Japan, and the United States – is a valuable grouping, although it is still underutilised in many ways. By David Brewster This modest proposal could help bring stability and security to the Indo-Pacific, without the...

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A US view on Australia’s role in the Indian Ocean

Author(s): Nilanthi Samaranayake
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Publications

Canberra’s diplomatic, legal, and military approaches to management of the Indian Ocean will be vital for US interests. By Nilanthi Samaranayake Australia plays a critical role in maintaining strategic stability in the Indian Ocean and remains one of the United States’ closest allies on economic...

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Indo-Pacific Visions: Giving Solidarity a Chance

Author(s): Professor Rory Medcalf
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Journal Article

Many countries have articulated Indo-Pacific frameworks for regional security. The Indo-Pacific is being posited as a counter to a China-centric view of regional order under the Belt and Road Initiative. Critics of the concept argue that it is new and artificial, unlike the established Asia-Pacific...

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Women and children from IS flee Baghouz, VOA via Wikimedia Commons
Women and children from IS flee Baghouz, VOA via Wikimedia Commons

The citizen as enemy combatant: dealing with foreign terrorist fighters

Author(s): Carroll, J.
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Policy

Key points Foreign terrorist fighters are a complex problem: traitor, invader, child soldier, war criminal, ‘jihad by family’. Some are both perpetrators and victims of terrorism. Prosecution is problematic because it’s hard to get evidence, and foreign fighters aren’t returning. If brought home...

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Trusted, ethical, fast-moving and effective future police

Author(s): Young, R, Meli, O.
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Policy

Key points: The ongoing developments in digital technologies and the fourth industrial revolution are opening up huge business opportunities - both legal and criminal. The attributes that give start-ups advantages over traditional businesses - agility, shrinking costs of entry, digital access to...

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Trusted, ethical, fast-moving and effective: the AFP investigative team of 2030

Author(s): Young, R, Meli, O
Date of publication: 2019
Publication type: Workshop report

As technological, economic and social factors change the broader operating environment, police will have to change the way the operate to effectively combat crime and keep communities safe. This paper, based on a series of workshops run jointly between the AFP and the NSC Futures Hub, sets out a...

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