John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre in the Coral Bell School, College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU, a BA (Hons) from UNSW and is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command and Staff College. He is a former Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Burma/Myanmar.
ASEAN matters and deserves credit
For all its inconveniences, Australia is overwhelmingly dependent on ASEAN working and working well.
Learning to trust: Lessons from Thailand, the US and China
Attitudes about friend or foe shift dramatically when countries work together on a serious security problem.
Ballistic missile defence: New options for Australia
It is said ballistic missile defence cannot cover the vast Australian landmass. But technology has advanced rapidly.
Why Moriarty is a good choice for Defence Secretary
In selecting Greg Moriarty for the job, Payne, Pyne and Turnbull leapfrogged over the obvious candidates – in doing so they have chosen well.
Separating out important intelligence reforms from Home Affairs
The 2017 Intelligence Review was necessary and its recommendations are pertinent and strong.
How a presidential prerogative can become a national security risk
President Trump doesn’t quite seem to appreciate the need for a nuanced approach to managing competing international obligations.
Australia’s F-35s: The beginning of a 5th generation RAAF
The arrival of two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters this week marks the first time Australia's own fifth-generation fighter aircraft have flown over Australian skies.