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The International Security Program

The International Security Program

The International Security Program looks at strategic dynamics and security risks globally, with an emphasis on Australia's region of Indo-Pacific Asia. Its research spans strategic competition and the risks of conflict in Asia, security implications of the rise of China and India, maritime security, nuclear arms control, Australian defence policy and the changing character of conflict. The Program draws on a network of experts in Australia, Asia and globally, and is supported by diverse funding sources including grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. It convenes international policy dialogues such as the 2017 Australia-ROK Emerging Leaders International Security Forum and has a record of producing leading-edge, influential reports.

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Director, International Security Program
Nonresident Fellow
Nonresident Fellow
Nonresident Fellow
2018 Thawley Scholar, International Security Program
Nonresident Fellow
Nonresident Fellow
Commentary
Why the US is quietly outshining China
Xi Jinping likes to say China owns the future and the West is in decline. But appearances can also deceive. Originally published in the Australian Financial Review.
Australia's South China Sea Challenges
Policy Briefs
Australia's South China Sea Challenges
Canberra needs to work with Southeast Asia to address looming South China Sea challenges from China and the US
The Crisis after the Crisis: How Ladakh will Shape India’s Competition with China
Analyses
The Crisis after the Crisis: How Ladakh will Shape India’s Competition with China
The border crisis in Ladakh may end in war or peace — or it may never end.
Eyes on the Prize: Australia, China, and the Antarctic Treaty System
Policy Briefs
Eyes on the Prize: Australia, China, and the Antarctic Treaty System
Despite China’s increasing assertiveness in Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty System is not failing and Australia should refrain from geostrategic panic 
Commentary
Why Australia Should Respond to China’s Provocations With Self-Reliance
Originally published in World Politics Review.
Commentary
Trump or Biden, Australia is alone
America protected Europe through the Cold War with a credible nuclear deterrent. Indo-Pacific nations can expect no such pledge. Originally published in the Australian Financial…
The Australia–India Strategic Partnership: Accelerating Security Cooperation in the Indo–Pacific
Analyses
The Australia–India Strategic Partnership: Accelerating Security Cooperation in the Indo–Pacific
Shared concerns about China's rise have propelled Australia and India to deepen their security ties
Commentary
Why the American public has tuned out of politics
The American political class are fighting their private culture wars that have sidelined the concerns that ordinary citizens have. Originally published in the Australian Financial…
Global Order in the Shadow of the Coronavirus: China, Russia and the West
Analyses
Global Order in the Shadow of the Coronavirus: China, Russia and the West
It’s time to rethink global governance and its priorities
The Australian
1 October 2022
Inside Story
14 September 2022
Sky News Australia
21 August 2022
The Australian Financial Review
3 August 2022
Channel 10 The Project
3 August 2022
Pakistan Observer
23 January 2022
Australian Financial Review
28 December 2021
ABC Radio National Future Tense
30 October 2021
Foreign Policy
24 September 2021