Publications

The Digital Indo-Pacific: Regional Connectivity and Resilience

Author(s): Trisha Ray, Sangeet Jain, Arjun Jayakumar, Anurag Reddy
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The aim of this paper is to lay a foundation for inclusive collaboration toward a Digital Indo-Pacific, which accounts for the region’s differing but complementary strengths. A relatively new entrant in geopolitical nomenclature, the ‘Indo-Pacific’ has expanded to capture several ideas: the rule of...

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Building Cooperation: Cyber, Critical Technology and National Security

Author(s): Kohei Takahashi, Tatsuo Ide, Ikuo Takahashi, Kazuo Tokito, Takahiro Sasaki
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The novel coronavirus pandemic has illustrated the significant role of states in enacting effective multilateral responses toward the pandemic, which has transformed the relationship between individuals and states. However, the pandemic has also revealed the vulnerability of international...

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Networked: Techno-Democratic Statecraft for Australia and the Quad

Author(s): Martijn Rasser
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

World leaders recognize that a strategic competition is underway and that the geopolitical context in which it will play out is morphing. Many of these leaders also understand that technology is at the core of this competition. Technology-leading countries will drive the digital economy, gaining...

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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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Embracing Difference: Governance of Critical Technologies in the Indo-Pacific

Author(s): Jolyon Ford, Damian Clifford
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

This paper considers what an approach to human rights and the ethical governance of critical technologies could entail for Quad members. Its focus is data-driven technologies, like artificial intelligence. The key insight of the paper is that policymaking and diplomacy on critical technologies...

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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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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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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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