Cloak and dagger history

ANU academic's new official history of ASIO captures the extraordinary story of Australia’s original spy catchers and the hidden secrets of our intelligence past.

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Evdokia Petrov, wife of Soviet defector Vladimir Petrov, is taken away Russian couriers.

'Essential reading for any Defence Minister' - Senator the Hon David Johnston launches 'Australia's Defence: Towards a New Era?'

Calling it a 'wonderful book' and 'essential reading for any Defence Minister', Senator the Honourable David Johnston launched SDSC's 'Australia's Defence: Towards a New Era?' on Thursday night at the ANU Hedley Bull Centre.

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Senator the Hon David Johnston

New politics

Hong Kong’s youth are standing up to Beijing and China’s political plans for the territory, reports BELINDA CRANSTON.

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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.

 

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In the media

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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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16
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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10
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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Video

David Horner, Professor of Australian defence history in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and author of The Spy Catchers discusses the history of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO):

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