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Australia well placed to turbocharge its strategic tech capability (Fergus Hanson, Danielle Cave, ASPI)

Last week’s surprise AUKUS announcement by the United States, Britain and Australia has created a frenzy of focus on nuclear-powered submarines, but the bigger picture is getting lost in a sea of naval analysis. Australia well placed to turbocharge its strategic tech capability | Australian Strategic Policy Institute | ASPI

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New beginnings: Rethinking business and trade in an era of strategic clarity and rolling disruption (John Coyne, Gill Savage and Michael Shoebridge, ASPI)

This special report considers the relationship between our business and trade positioning in the context of the impacts of Covid, natural disasters and the actions of coercive trading partners. Global economic integration has enabled the spread of ideas, products, people and investment at never before seen speed. International free trade has been a goal of […]

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Iran – Iran’s presidential election may also be a contest for the next supreme leader (Ian Dudgeon, ASPI)

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline conservative, is widely predicted to be elected as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s successor in elections scheduled for 18 June. But the vote won’t just determine the country’s next president; it’s also seen as part of a contest to determine Iran’s next supreme leader. Raisi’s likely win follows the controversial disqualification on […]

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(China) Leaping across the ocean: The port operators behind China’s naval expansion (ASPI)

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has become increasingly willing to project military power overseas while coercing and co-opting countries into accepting the objectives of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). https://www.aspi.org.au/report/leaping-across-ocean-port-operators-behind-chinas-naval-expansion

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AUSTRALIA/DATA – Devolved data centre decisions: Opportunities for reform? (Gill Savage and Anne Lyons, ASPI)

Data has been referred to as the ‘new oil’ or ‘new gold’, but it’s more than that. Most organisations can’t function without it. That applies equally to government. Government data creation, collection, storage and analysis has grown and continues to grow, as does government reliance on it. With continued government policy directions promoting increased outsourcing […]

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2020 in 30 minutes (ASPI)

In the final episode for 2020, The Strategist’s Brendan Nicholson, Anastasia Kapetas and Jack Norton share their thoughts on some of the key events and geopolitical developments of 2020 and the areas they will be watching closely in 2021. Some of the topics they discuss include: the Australia-China relationship, climate, the Brereton Inquiry, the US elections and disinformation. https://www.aspi.org.au/news/2020-30-minutes

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UN PEACEKEEPING/PACIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS – Mapping Pacific contributions to UN peacekeeping (Lisa Sharland & Genevieve Feely, ASPI)

There’s a long and proud history of peacekeeping in the Pacific. Countries in the region have hosted missions, and contributed to them, to support their neighbours, resolve conflicts and maintain a more secure and peaceful region. They have also sent personnel abroad to contribute to global efforts to maintain international peace and security. Yet, this […]

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AUSTRALIA/COVID19/SUPPLY CHAINS/SOVEREIGN CAPABILITY – What the coronarvirus crisis has taught us about supply chains and sovereign capability (Anthony Bergin, ASPI)

The supply chain vulnerabilities exposed by the pandemic have important lessons for other types of emergencies. https://www.aspi.org.au/opinion/what-coronarvirus-crisis-has-taught-us-about-supply-chains-and-sovereign-capability  

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INDO PACIFIC – Indo-Pacific election pulse 2020: Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Myanmar and the United States: Views from The Strategist (ASPI)

The ‘Indo-Pacific Election Pulse’ is an annual project examining the most consequential elections in the region and the most important for Australia’s strategic environment. In what was an ‘unprecedented’ year, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Myanmar, and the United States braved the challenge of conducting elections under the shadow of a pandemic. This diverse collection of […]

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THAILAND/DIGITAL ACTIVISM – #WhatsHappeningInThailand: the power dynamics of Thailand’s digital activism (Elise Thomas, Tracy Beattie and Albert Zhang, ASPI)

Thailand’s political discourse throughout the past decade has increasingly been shaped and amplified by social media and digital activism. The most recent wave of political activism this year saw the emergence of a countrywide youth-led democracy movement against the military-dominated coalition, as well as a nationalist counter-protest movement in support of the establishment. https://www.aspi.org.au/report/whatshappeninginthailand-power-dynamics-thailands-digital-activism

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NORTHERN AUSTRALIA – ‘Thinking big!’: Resetting Northern Australia’s national security posture (John Coyne, ASPI)

This report highlights the vast economic opportunities in northern Australia and how they can contribute to our national security. The author makes the case that, while defence spending is vital to northern economies and nation building, it’s focused more on the Defence organisation’s more narrowly conceived portfolio capital investments in defence establishments and facilities rather […]