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Clever Country in a Changed World: Re-Thinking Australian Science Policy

Author(s): Paul Harris
Date of publication: 2021
Publication type: Policy

The global science and technology system has undergone massive change since 2000 and is now a key site of geoeconomic competition between states. For the first time in Australia’s history, its most significant partner for science collaboration will be a country other than its principal ally, the...

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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 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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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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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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National Mobilisation During War: Past Insights, Future Possibilities

Author(s): Dr Peter Layton
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

Publication download link Mobilisation occurs during all conflicts with just the degree of mobilisation varying. Surprisingly then, most mobilisation thinking, doctrine and processes focus almost entirely on pre-war mobilisation activities, aiming to ensure that a nation is adequately prepared for...

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Navigating Uncertainty: The Future of Futures Analysis in the Australian Public Service

Author(s): Wilson, L, Young, R, Kapetas, A
Date of publication: 2020
Publication type: Policy

Nations and governments today face complex structural challenges; the result of several decades of sweeping economic, technological and social change. The COVID-19 pandemic, and government responses worldwide, will likely ensure that the 2020s is a ‘decisional decade’. The critical choices we...

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