Publications

The Domestic Security Grey Zone: Navigating the Space Between Foreign Influence and Foreign Interference

Author(s): Katherine Mansted
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

Australia has been a global first mover in updating its legislation, policy and bureaucratic structure to manage foreign influence risk in the 21st century. Australia’s response has focused on criminalising, disrupting and deterring the most pernicious form of foreign influence – foreign...

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The Diego Garcia dispute hits cyberspace

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

As internet domains go, .io is a money spinner. Would a change to the “British Indian Ocean Territory” cancel an asset? The dispute over the ownership of Diego Garcia and the rest of the Chagos Archipelago involves a complex array of legal, human rights, security and geopolitical issues. The...

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Russia and China team up on the Indian Ocean

Author(s): Oriana Skylar Mastro
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

The US and its allies may have military dominance in the region, but it’s no guarantee of influence. By Oriana Skylar Mastro Two recent naval exercises demonstrate the potential for Russia-China cooperation in the Indian Ocean, and how the two present a much greater threat to a continued US role...

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Australian Universities: Thriving in a Changing World?

Author(s): Ryan Young
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Issues Paper

Publication download link University sectors in Australia and across the world are facing an inflection point in their future trajectories. The COVID-19 pandemic has undermined business models built on international student income, radically changed the student experience and upended norms of...

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Future Universities: Value for Changing Societies

Author(s): Young, R.
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy Briefs

University sectors in Australia and across the world are facing an inflection point in their future trajectories. The COVID-19 pandemic has undermined business models built on international student income, radically changed the student experience and upended norms of academic behaviour –...

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A 2020 Vision for Five Eyes: New Structures for New Challenges

Author(s): William A. Stoltz
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

In the latest NSC Policy Options Paper, William A. Stoltz explores a 2020 vision for Five Eyes. Key points: Five Eyes has been a primarily operational grouping, but it is starting to broaden collaboration – particularly to address COVID-19 recovery. Five Eyes needs new planning structures if it...

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India heads towards economic autarky

Author(s): David Brewster
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

A telling speech foreshadows an India more focused on domestic markets and one with less clout in the region. India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar this week made the clearest statement yet that India intends to head back down the road of economic autarky – for strategic reasons. This...

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Western Indian Ocean: Where trouble on land spells danger at sea

Author(s): Francois Vreÿ, Mark Blaine
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

Piracy and smuggling are already a menace. Add a budding Islamist insurgency, and far-reaching implications may follow. South Africa may be facing an unholy mix of insurgency, radicalism and major power competition in the Western Indian Ocean. Much attention is given to the rivalry between major...

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A third aircraft carrier for India: Budget versus necessity

Author(s): M Matheswaran
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: OP Eds

Concerns about cost overruns should be kept in perspective. The need for naval power projection is only growing. The Indian military is undergoing what may be its most significant reorganisation since India’s independence, with considerable implications for its future strategic posture. One...

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The Strategic Implications of Manipulative Digital Platforms: A Trust-Driven Approach

Author(s): Dr. Zac Rogers
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

Australia’s strategic environment is rapidly changing. The most measurable changes are shifts in the regional balance of power and intensifying competition for influence in the Indo-Pacific. These developments have been complicated and exacerbated by the uncertainty generated by the presidency of...

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