Australia faces unprecedented set of security challenges

By Albert Palazzo*

There’s broad agreement among defence thinkers and academics that the international security environment is on the cusp of significant change. Dominating the commentary are analyses of the consequences of a risen China, a resurgent Russia and a recalcitrant North Korea, plus the challenge of a renegade United States. For the Australian military professional, such stories provide context but lack specificity. Continue reading

Australia and the rules-based order of the oceans

By Professor Robin Warner
As one of the key maritime nations in the southern hemisphere and a prominent middle power, Australia has an important role to play in the global ocean governance framework. Maritime security is a prominent concern for Australia given its geographic position to the south of major international shipping routes and the rising incidence of transnational criminal activities such as illegal fishing and people smuggling in its northern approaches. Continue reading