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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
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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Fisherman looking at the horizon in Burma
Fisherman looking at the horizon in Burma

Saving the South China Sea fishery: time to internationalise

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

Key points: Twelve per cent of the global fish catch comes from the South China Sea, but that fishery is headed for collapse. This will have important national security implications for regional countries and Australia. Ensuing security tensions will be exacerbated by fishing nationalism....

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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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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: 2017
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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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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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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