Has Australia lost the Pacific?
Author: James Kell, ANU It’s 2023. Civil unrest on the streets of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, threatens another coup. At the request of the Solomon Islands government, the Chinese Communist Party provides its Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) peacekeepers to quell the violence. In a process honed on the streets of Hong Kong…
Why Australia needs a cyber approach to the Quad
Author: Daniel Phelan, Monash University Australia’s cyber capabilities present a huge opening for progress to be made, especially in terms of closing gaps upon certain cyber norms such as propelling interstate cooperation on security and protecting critical infrastructure. Australia can work towards acting as a regional ‘cyber-superpower’ towards its neighbours in the South Pacific alongside…
The direct threat of climate change to Australia
Author: Jessica Walters, Monash University Following the recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, debate and discussion has unfolded surrounding the risks that climate change will pose to Australia’s national security. As it affects societal and human well-being, impacting health, food and water resources, and the countries neighbouring Australia.
Australia should have careful faith in ‘great and powerful’ friends
Author: Alexandra Robson, ANU If Australia was situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, neatly between the United States (US) and Western Europe, much of the anxiety that has defined Australian foreign policy would be alleviated. This anxiety, based on enduring feelings of vulnerability and isolation, has historically driven Australia to seek protection in alliances with…
How can Australia respond to China’s disinformation campaign?
Author: Paul Sigar Although there weren’t any foreign interference or malicious cyber-activities that affected the integrity of the 2019 Federal elections, this may change in the coming years. Australia can expect disinformation campaigns perpetuated by Chinese state actors, similar to those that target Chinese diaspora in North America, to reach its shores — only more…
Why Australia must improve its cyber space defence capabilities
Author: Stephan Robin, University of Adelaide As Australia becomes increasingly dependent on satellite infrastructure, the threat posed by cyberattacks in space must be consciously addressed as a national security priority.
The future of ‘unprecedented’ events
Author: Krystal Ha, University of Melbourne When COVID-19 swept across the globe many described it as ‘unprecedented.’ It seemed out of the blue, with the idea of widespread lockdowns, extensive hotel quarantine programs and travel bans alien to all Australians. In government, it was the same — still reeling from bushfires across Australia, the state…
The human body as a national security threat
Author: Rebecca Banagala, ANU If you’re reading this, you’re on the internet. As such, you’re a user of the Internet of Things (IoT)– the network of physical devices connected to the internet.