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2014 Young Strategic Writers' Competition

The 2014 round of the Young Strategic Writers' Competition closes on 1 August 2014. A$2500 will be awarded to the best article or comment by a young author. The competition is sponsored by ADBR, and details can be found in the competition page.

Nuclear Policy, Defence Funding and more:
Summer 2013 edition now online

The Summer 2013 edition of Security Challenges contains topical articles on the Australian nuclear policy, defence policy choices and funding, and maritime security in the Southwest Pacific.

John Carlson examines whether Australia could strengthen the non-proliferation regime by creating an international uranium enrichment facility, Ramesh Thakur updates us on the recently released State of Play report on non-proliferation and disarmament, while Wayne Reynolds examines the potential for nuclear-powered submarines to one day feature as part of Australia's forces.

Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith examine defence policy choices for the new government, and Andrew Carr and Peter Dean critique the use of the '2% of GDP' goal for defence funding.

In addition, Sam Bateman and Quentin Hanich examine maritime security issues in Australia's 'inner arc'.

Full text PDFs of the articles in this edition are now available online - see the table of contents of this edition. Hard copies can be ordered here.

Australia's Obsession with Border Protection:
Spring 2013 edition of Security Challenges

This edition was prepared during the run up to the 2013 Australian Federal election. While most defence and foreign policy issues did not have a large role, one issue seemed to dominate, as it has for almost a decade: irregular migration.

In his featured article, Derek Woolner explores how politics has distorted Australia’s management of its maritime domain and the resulting governance problems this obsession with one particular challenge has placed upon the ADF and Australia’s wider security agencies.

This issue also features key pieces by John Blaxland on the potential ‘game-changer’ of the Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD’s) as a means of Australia’s regional engagement.

David Connery explores the concept of Horizon scanning as a way to improve national security policymaking, and Martin White explores the issue of fuel security in Australia and the military energy security nexus.

Finally, Andrew Butcher provides the view from across the Tasman, highlighting New Zealand’s growing Track II diplomacy in Asia.

For links to article details and full-text PDF, see the table of contents of this edition. Hard copies can be ordered here.

Special Issue:
The Defence White Paper 2013

Defence White Papers are not everyday occurrences—the Defence White Paper 2013 is only the fourth in two decades, and the second White Paper to published since the inception of this journal. In 2009, Security Challenges published a special issue on the 2009 White Paper (vol. 5, no. 2), which provided the most extensive analysis of that document in the public arena.

In this issue, we have now again invited a range of experts from across Australia to analyse particular aspects of the new, 2013 White Paper, to comment on what the government did and did not decide to do, place these decisions in their historic context, and draw implications for future policy.

Articles in this issue examine the politics of Defence White Papers, the depiction of the strategic environment, defence engagement, the US alliance, strategy, defence funding, the future or land, aerospace and maritime forces, the future submarine, cyber warfare, people issues, defence industry and innovation, and reform.

For links to the article pages including PDFs, see the table of contents. Hard copies can be ordered here.

Security Challenges on 'The China Choice'
Regional Experts Debate US-Chinese Relations

In the first issue of 2013, scholars and experts from across the Asia-Pacific region debate the contentious propositions in Hugh White's 2012 book The China Choice:

  • Evelyn Goh
  • Jingdong Yuan
  • Robert Ayson
  • Swaran Singh
  • Ralph A. Cossa; and
  • a reply by Hugh White.

In addition, this issue features comments and articles on Australia's Uranium exports to India; Singapore's defence industry, and lessons from Australia's 1999 East Timor experience.

For links to the full text of the articles in this edition, see the table of contents. Hard copies can be ordered here .


For the tables of contents and full text articles of all older editions, please visit our Archive page.


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