How a war changed us all

Prize-winning history delivers a powerful story of how World War I forever changed the lives of Australians both on the frontline and at home.

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A 1917 postcard depicting the Battle of Polygon Wood, Belgium, and the planting of the Australian flag. Picture courtesy of AWM.

'Broken Nation' bags Beaumont major book prize

Study of impact of Great War both at home and at the front wins NSW Premier's Prize for Australian history.

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Professor Joan Beaumont. Photo by Penny Bradfield.

When Australia should send its troops to foreign lands

Fifteen years on, the Australian-led intervention into East Timor offers some sobering lessons for new Iraq ‘adventure’.

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An Australian soldier with young East Timorese boy. Photo by Department of Defence.

Doing defence policy better

Australia needs to decide what it wants its defence forces to actually do in order to get policy right, writes Hugh White AO.

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Photo by Alex de Sousa on flickr.

 

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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2014

So much for the pivot to Asia - John Blaxland

Our focus on joining the war in the Middle East has effectively derailed the so-called pivot or r

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Sep
2014

Japanese submarine option odds-on favourite - Hugh White

There is no overriding need to build our new submarines in Australia, but there are very good rea

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Sep
2014

John Blaxland on the future of Australia's submarines

Podcast: Dr John Blaxland, Senior Fellow - Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, discussing the f

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