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Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper: Dealing with Uncertainty
The new Australian Foreign Policy White Paper sets an agenda that seeks to balance Australia’s economic and security interests between a more powerful China, its major trading partner, and a less certain United States, its ...
Australia’s French Submarine Decision: A Long-standing Security Relationship
Australia has chosen the French option for its new submarine acquisition project. While offering a range of strategic, political and technical advantages over the German and Japanese options, it confirms a long-standing ...
After South China Sea Ruling – Good Fences or Good Neighbours: Implications for Maritime Boundaries
The 12 July 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling in The Hague has specified that there are no islands in the Spratly group capable of generating a full set of maritime zones. This has theoretically helped agreement on maritime ...
New Moves to Provide Regional Submarine Safety
Malaysia and Singapore have recently introduced new measures for submarine safety while China is reportedly contemplating restrictions on submarines operating in its waters. However, these measures are not without problems.
Australian defence white paper: what price maritime security?
Australia’s recent Defence White Paper has a clear focus on maritime security. However this comes at a high price – both for Australian taxpayers, and potentially also for the region.
The Great Australian Defence Debate: Is China a Threat?
In advance of a Defence White Paper expected in the next few weeks, a major debate has been going on in Australia about the security implications of the rise of China.