Commentary | 15 February 2011

The Defence debate down under, in context

In this piece for the CSIS Asia policy blog Cogitasia, the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that a new independent report calling for Australian strategic clout against China needs to be seen in context, and not as a representation of official Australian thinking. Australia is strengthening its defences in light of the rise of China, but not as single-mindedly or provocatively as the new report suggests.It is available on Cogitasia.Rory Medcalf

In this piece for the CSIS Asia policy blog Cogitasia, the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program Director Rory Medcalf argues that a new independent report calling for Australian strategic clout against China needs to be seen in context, and not as a representation of official Australian thinking. Australia is strengthening its defences in light of the rise of China, but not as single-mindedly or provocatively as the new report suggests.It is available on Cogitasia.Rory Medcalf