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Stylised global cyber map
Stylised global cyber map

Addressing Australia's Vulnerability to Weaponised Narratives

Author(s): Zappone, C, Sussex, M
Date of publication: 2018
Publication type: Policy

Key points: Information overload has permanently changed the news environment for the public, challenging democracies as a result. The human need to find patterns of meaning in events, combined with increasing information availability, exposes Australians to the risk of accepting false or damaging...

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Cyber person
Cyber person

Defining Thresholds in Law - Sophisticated Decryption and Law Enforcement

Author(s): Mosey, M., Henschke, A.
Date of publication: 2018
Publication type: Policy

Key points: Encryption technologies have fundamentally changed the way people transmit data, reducing the capacity of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access information. Relying on the private sector to provide agencies with plain text information is no longer productive, yet...

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NSC Executive Courses Guide 2018

Author(s): National Security College
Date of publication: 2018
Publication type: Corporate

This booklet is the 2018 update of the short course offerings from the National Security College. We are Australia’s leading provider of executive education and professional development for policymakers and practitioners across the full spectrum of security issues.

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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

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

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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