Publications

Strategy and statecraft in cyberspace. Research Program Guide: February 2016
Strategy and statecraft in cyberspace. Research Program Guide: February 2016

Strategy and statecraft in cyberspace: Research program guide

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

Launched in 2014, this international and interdisciplinary research program responds to the need to better understand cyberspace as a new domain in which states interact with each other. Cyberspace is creating enormous opportunities, but also contains poorly-understood threats to security,...

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Inside Xinjiang: Space, place and power in China's Muslim far Northwest
Inside Xinjiang: Space, place and power in China's Muslim far Northwest

Inside Xinjiang: Space, place and power in China's Muslim far Northwest

Author(s): Clarke, M.
Date of publication: 2015
Publication type: Research

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is China’s largest province, shares borders with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and Mongolia, and possesses a variety of natural resources, including oil. The tensions between ethnic Muslim Uyghurs and the growing number of...

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Competitive advantage in international policymaking
Competitive advantage in international policymaking

Competitive advantage in international policymaking: the value of trend and futures research

Author(s): L'Estrange, M.
Date of publication: 2015
Publication type: Policy

The concept of competitive advantage has always been an indispensable aspect of relations among states in the modern international system. It has provided a frame of reference for the pursuit of national priorities in trade, investment, diplomacy, military capabilities, technology and societal...

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China's Power and Asian Security
China's Power and Asian Security

Canberra’s Beijing balance: Australian Perceptions of and Responses to Chinese Power

Author(s): Medcalf, R
Date of publication: 2015
Publication type: Research

One of the most significant factors for contemporary international relations is the growth of China’s economic, military, and political power. Indeed, few analysts would dispute the observation that China’s power has strongly influenced the structure of the international system, major-power...

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Policing the G20 Protests: ‘Too Much Order With Too Little Law’ Revisited

Author(s): Legrand, T
Date of publication: 2015
Publication type: Research

In the months leading up to November’s G20 summit in 2014, Brisbane’s residents would have been forgiven for anticipating the outbreak of a local civil war. Media outlets were leading with headlines stating, among other sensational claims, that ‘G20 anarchists vow chaos and mayhem for Brisbane’s...

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Sectarian violence: the threat to Australia

Author(s): Shanahan, R
Date of publication: 2014
Publication type: Policy

The NSC’s seventh Occasional Paper discussed the threat to Australia from Islamic extremism and returned foreign fighters. Religiously motivated violence has stood as one of Australia’s primary national security concerns for more than a decade. Religious intolerance has led to the deaths of...

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Occasional Paper 6 cover
Occasional Paper 6 cover

Cyber security: mapping the ethical terrain

Author(s): Evans, N. Ford, S.B. Gastineau A. Henschke A. Keelty, M. West J.
Date of publication: 2014
Publication type: Policy

In the NSC’s sixth Occasional Paper, the authors demonstrate that managing the risks of cyber security involves trade-offs: between security and privacy; individual rights and the good of a society; and between the types of burdens placed on particular groups in order to protect others. Cyber-...

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Framing the Policy Analysis of OECD and Australian VET Interaction: Two Heuristics of Policy Transfer.

Author(s): Legrand, T. Vas, C
Date of publication: 2014
Publication type: Research

This article considers the recent refurbishment of Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) policy and highlights the substantial, though unacknowledged, influence of OECD ideas thereupon. It claims that this case study strengthens policy transfer analysts’ understanding of the role of...

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Indonesia’s Ascent: Power, Leadership, and The Regional Order
Indonesia’s Ascent: Power, Leadership, and The Regional Order

Indonesia at home and abroad - Economics, politics, and security

Author(s): Sebastian, L. D Habir, A. Roberts, C.
Date of publication: 2014
Publication type: Policy

This series of NSC Issue Briefs investigated the prospects, challenges and opportunities associated with Indonesia’s ascent in the political-security, economic and socio-cultural spheres. As Indonesia’s economy grows, it is increasingly referenced as a rising middle power and there is mounting...

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Unmanned Drones and the Ethics of War
Unmanned Drones and the Ethics of War

Unmanned Drones and the Ethics of War

Author(s): Enemark, C
Date of publication: 2013
Publication type: Research

This new Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of contemporary extensions and alternatives to the just war tradition in the field of the ethics of war. The modern history of just war has typically assumed the primacy of four particular elements: jus ad bellum, jus in bello, the state actor, and...

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