Publications

Participants of the Belt and Road international forum, May 2017
Participants of the Belt and Road international forum, May 2017

One belt, one road, many rules-based orders

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

Key points: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is both a blueprint for a China-centric order in the Indo-Pacific and a means to address internal economic and political challenges. China is not yet capable of leading that order, but its desire to do so is increasing. Prospects for the long-term...

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Airstrike on Marawi: Mark Jhomel/Wikimedia Commons
Airstrike on Marawi: Mark Jhomel/Wikimedia Commons

Marawi and after: how Australia can help

Author(s): Blaxland, J, Carroll, J, Carr, A, Harris, M
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Key points: The seizure of Marawi city by Daesh-linked militants is a game-changer for Southeast Asia, and presents a threat to all countries of the region. Limiting the movement of money, technology, recruits and planning support to extremist groups in the southern Philippines will be crucial to...

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Hong Kong cityscape highlights, International Finance Centre: Mstyslav Chernov
Hong Kong cityscape highlights, International Finance Centre: Mstyslav Chernov

The threat to the global economic and financial order: protecting Australia’s interests

Author(s): Luckham, B.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Key Points The international economic order reflects the balance of strategic power. The challenge to the post-1945 global economic and financial order will persist as it reflects long-standing trends: perceptions of unequal economic opportunity in developed economies; the increasing economic...

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Hands putting together jigsaw puzzle
Hands putting together jigsaw puzzle

Federating security

Author(s): Dr Anthony Bergin
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Key points: National security has too often been run as a ‘top-down’ policy, with a tendency towards a ‘Canberra knows best’ approach. The states and territories contribute many of the powers and capabilities needed to support our overall effort in dealing with a wide range of national security...

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Cyber game report front cover
Cyber game report front cover

Exploring Cyber Security Policy Options in Australia

Author(s): Igor Mikolic-Torreira, Don Snyder, Michelle Price, David Shlapak, Sina Beaghley, Megan Bishop, Sarah Harting, Jenny Oberholtzer, Stacie Pettyjohn, Cortney Weinbaum, and Emma Westerman
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Key findings An interdisciplinary exercise generated three overarching policy recommendations to improve cyber security in Australia: Create and enforce technology security standards, craft international agreements to address cyber security challenges, and improve risk awareness to keep users safe...

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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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