More than a wing and a prayer

New Joint Strike Fighters will give Australia the edge, says defence expert.

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo from fotopedia.

Stick or carrot?

The third leg of a trade trip to Asia will be particularly tricky for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, an ANU international relations expert says.

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Tony Abbott and Chinese premier Li Keqiang in 2013. Photo by AFP.

Australia 1943: The Liberation of New Guinea

By January 1943, Australia had emerged from the shadow of war in a strong position. The victories in 1942 at Kokoda, Guadalcanal, Buna, Gona and Sanananda had secured the northern coastlines of Papua and Australia. Australian forces were now poised for a full scale offensive to liberate New Guinea from the Japanese, the largest and most complicated operations in their history. Australia 1943 explores the high point of Australia's influence on operations and strategy in the South West Pacific, a campaign that has been traditionally overshadowed by the drama of Kokoda.

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The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post Cold War East Asia

How has world order changed since the Cold War ended? Do we live in an age of American empire, or is global power shifting to the East with the rise of China? Arguing that existing ideas about balance of power and power transition are inadequate, this book gives an innovative reinterpretation of the changing nature of U.S. power, focused on the 'order transition' in East Asia.

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2014

Tony Abbott should abandon his two per cent of GDP pledge to defence

We know one thing so far about the new defence white paper: that it will recommend spending 2 per

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2014

How to fix our problem with Indonesia

Three months have now passed since Indonesia recalled its ambassador from Canberra and the rift t

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2014

When a Cold War in East Asia is not a Cold War

In recent months, it has become fashionable to describe the emerging strategic rivalry between Ch

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Video

In this talk, Professor Paul Dibb examines what are the risks of war between China and the US. He analyses potential crises over North Korea, Taiwan and in the East and South China Seas. Dibb concludes with a discussion about the rise of China and the decline of America and what this means for Australia's defence policy.

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With an Asia transformed by the rise of China and India, and a world preoccupied with security issues, the current century has been defined by global strategic challenges. At the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, you can acquire the analytical frameworks you need to understand the complexity of this contemporary strategic environment, and Australia's place in it.

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