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Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order
Benjamin Herscovitch
01 September 2014 | FPA10

With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition to a balance of power system divided between China, the United States, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To mitigate dangerously destabilising…

Preserving Peace as China Rises I
Benjamin Herscovitch
13 March 2014 | FPA9

Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese ambitions is urgently needed. This report proposes three complementary strategies to safeguard stability in the Indo-Pacific: Prolong US leadership; protect the territorial status quo; and pursue a policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’…

Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look
Simon Cowan
24 October 2012 | PM130

The Future Submarine Project – replacement of Australia’s 6 ailing Collins Class submarines with 12 Future Submarines – has a potential cost of $40 billion. The Future Submarine is likely to involve a substantially redesign of an existing diesel powered submarine to meet Australia’s needs.…

Australia and the Future of Nuclear Deterrence
Robyn Lim
01 March 2007 | IA82

Nuclear weapons, because of their enormous destructive power, represent survival interests of states. Australia decided long ago that our best option was to rely on the United States for our nuclear security, rather than developing our own nuclear weapons. But our security environment has changed…

Media & Commentary

In praise of Southeast Asia’s miracle
Tom Switzer
11 August 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

If you didn’t notice that this week marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), don’t worry: most Australians didn’t either. But ASEAN’s milestone…

MEDIA RELEASE: Education ministers’ meeting must consider phonics for better reading instruction
Jennifer Buckingham
11 December 2014

State and territory education ministers must consider adopting the recommendation that phonemic awareness and phonics should be included in the early years’ literacy curriculum when they meet to discuss the…

The difficulty of reforming China’s economy
10 November 2014 | Online Opinion

Since Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening up in 1978, China’s economy has enjoyed 35 years of growth at rates averaging close to 10% per year. However this state directed economic…

Moral mission of small government
27 June 2013 | The Australian Financial Review

Regardless of which party wins the election in September, the new government will have much more important issues to deal with than whose turn it is to be leader, and…

The morality of US military might
14 December 2012

Gunboat diplomacy in the South China Sea and a resurfacing of territorial tensions with Japan suggest China is ready to reassert itself on the world stage. China’s increasingly forceful foreign…