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Special Issue:
Security in Papua New Guinea

In this new special edition of Security Challenges, Papua New Guinea and Pacific specialists discuss critical aspects of security in Australia’s nearest neighbour as it marks the 39th anniversary of its independence.

Papua New Guinea continues to face a plethora of security challenges and despite efforts to the contrary most of these defy simple explanation or easy solution. While Australia remains Papua New Guinea’s most significant international partner in areas of defence and development cooperation, unprecedented levels of economic growth associated with the exploitation of PNG’s abundant natural resources and ongoing processes of rapid integration into global markets have inevitably served to diminish the degree of influence and leverage that Australia once had.

Authors to this edition include Anthony Regan, Stewart Firth, Ron May and Nicole Healy, Joanne Wallis, Gordon Peake and Sinclair Dinnen, Matthew Allen and Rebecca Monson, and Ceridwen Spark.

For links to the article pages including PDFs, 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.

Intelligence and Security Issues for Australia:
New edition of Security Challenges

In this issue, ADBR competition winner David Schaefer investigates intelligence reform with a focus on the relentless growth of the information collected for the foreign intelligence assessment process.

Shandon Harris-Hogan investigates Jihadism in Australia, Rita Parker and Jenny Stewart examine energy and food security, while David Brewster looks at the India-Australia security and defence relationship.

In addition, Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect assesses the role of poison gas and diplomacy in the Syrian conflict while Guy Roberts looks at the China policies of US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and what this can reveal about managing this relationship in the 21st Century.

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

2014 Young Strategic Writers' Competition

The 2014 round of the Young Strategic Writers' Competition closes on 31 October 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.


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