Publications

China’s economic leverage: perception and reality

Author(s): Edited by Medcalf, R
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Perceptions of Australia’s vulnerability to Chinese economic pressure are exaggerated. Some individual sectors are more vulnerable than others but this does not extend to the economy as a whole. Economic pressure that would have the biggest impact on Australia, notably through the iron ore trade,...

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President elected: Donald Trump
President elected: Donald Trump

The Trump presidency and Australia’s security: don’t panic, don’t relax

Author(s): Medcalf, R. Young, R. Tsirbas, M. Sussex M.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Policy

Future US international policy has become uncertain, with the unpredictability of President Trump and deep divisions in political and public opinion. Security competitors will severely test US resolve and power, while allies will seek to hedge against US unpredictability as well as against Chinese...

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Did Obama have a grand strategy?
Did Obama have a grand strategy?

Did Obama have a grand strategy?

Author(s): Clarke, M. Ricketts A.
Date of publication: 2017
Publication type: Research

While campaigning for President in 2008, Barack Obama proposed a new direction in American strategy that would reverse the erroneous foreign policy choices of his predecessor, President George W. Bush. Senator Obama designed a strategy to ostensibly rewrite the United States’ relationship with the...

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Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?
Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?

Xinjiang and the Trans-nationalization of Uyghur Terrorism: Cracks in the “New Silk Road”?

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

President Xi Jinping’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” strategy has magnified Chinese concern for the security of its long restive northwestern province, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Xinjiang, as Owen Lattimore argued, throughout much of recorded history constituted (along with...

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The U.S.-Australia Alliance in an Era of Change: Living Complacently?
The U.S.-Australia Alliance in an Era of Change: Living Complacently?

The U.S.-Australia Alliance in an Era of Change: Living Complacently?

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

U.S. primacy is both a strategic choice and an empirical condition, and thus analysis regarding the future of U.S. primacy should focus on both ideational (i.e., policy choices) and material variables (i.e., relativities of power).1 We are now witnessing significant shifts in the realms of U.S....

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Understanding the Return of the Jacksonian Tradition
Understanding the Return of the Jacksonian Tradition

Understanding the Return of the Jacksonian Tradition

Author(s): Clarke, M. Ricketts A.
Date of publication: 2016
Publication type: Research

The 2016 presidential election demonstrated the rise of a “restraint constituency” in American politics that openly questions Washington’s bipartisan post-Cold War pursuit of a grand strategy of primacy or liberal hegemony. This constituency has been animated by the return of the Jacksonian...

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Weakest links: cyber governance and the threat to mid-sized enterprises
Weakest links: cyber governance and the threat to mid-sized enterprises

Weakest links: cyber governance and the threat to mid-sized enterprises

Author(s): Legrand, T
Date of publication: 2016
Publication type: Policy

In partnership with the Macquarie Telecom Group, the NSC conducted a research project to acquire qualitative and quantitative insights into the governance of cyber security risks in Australian medium-sized businesses and government agencies. The governance of cyber security has become a pressing...

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Executive and Professional Development Programs
Executive and Professional Development Programs

Executive and Professional Development Programs

Author(s): National Security College
Date of publication: 2016
Publication type: Corporate

The National Security College (NSC) is a unique partnership between the Australian Government and the Australian National University, established specifically to teach and research in the fields of national security and public policy. Executive Development programs are comprehensive in scope,...

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Indo-Pacific maritime security: challenges and cooperation

Author(s): Brewster, David
Date of publication: 2016
Publication type: Policy

This collection of papers comes for a major international conference on Indo-Pacific maritime security convened by the NSC in March 2016. The Indo-Pacific is becoming widely recognised as the global centre of gravity, whether in terms of economic interaction, demographics, transnational security...

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Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018
Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018

Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018

Author(s): National Security College
Date of publication: 2016
Publication type: Corporate

The NSC is pleased to publish its updated Strategic Plan for 2016-18, which explains our governance, functions, outcomes and performance measures for this period.

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