Student prize honours fallen soldier

A prize aimed at first-year security studies students has been established in commemoration of an Australian soldier who died during World War II.

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Clark Davis Ivins.

Why China won’t dominate Asia

Economic downturns, empty cities and a lack of strategic influence - China's challenges are almost insurmountable.

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Smog in Shanghai; China's forecast  for dominance is not so clear. Photo by russavia/ Wikimedia commons.

Anzac legend needs to change, says leading historian

A century on, the 'seminal story' of a nation doesn't speak for all Australians.

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An Australian soldier’s shadow lays over a monument at Villers-Bretonneux, France during the Anzac Day dawn service.  Photo by Hamish Paterson/ Department of Defence.

Australia can change Asia for the better

Even on issues as divisive as the death penalty, Australia can affect change in the region.

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Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran - two Australians facing imminent execution in Indonesia. Photo by AFP.


The ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) is Australia’s oldest, largest and highest ranking academic institute for strategic studies research, education and commentary. Our focus is on understanding the complexity of Asia’s strategic environment, Australia’s place in it, and the utility and application of armed force in international affairs.


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Subtext important to the Australia–Japan sub deal

Procuring a new fleet of submarines is a daunting task for any government.

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Australia's submarines: Bad politics can lead to good policy

We're often told good policy is good politics.

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Defence should not swing on Abbott’s whimsy

If the PM is now listening to others, he should reconsider decisions relating to Defence.

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Following the Democrats' defeat in the Mid Term Elections, President Barack Obama is showing his strengths in negotiating a climate change deal with China, argues ANU SDSC's Dr John Blaxland. 

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