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About Security Challenges

Security Challenges (ISSN 1833-1459) is the only peer-reviewed journal on future security issues published in Australia. The journal reaches a wide audience of established military, government, commercial and academic experts as well as up-and-coming younger players in the security field. It is a vehicle for innovative thinking about future challenges to the security (broadly defined) of Australia and other countries in the Asia Pacific region.



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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.



Security Challenges Winter edition

Special Issue: 
The Defence White Paper 2013



Defence White Papers are not everyday occurrences undefined 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 members only section or see the table of contents page on the Security Challenges website. Hard copies can be ordered here.

 



Interpreting 10 Years of Violence in Thailand's Deep South

Winter 2012 Edition

Mid-2012 is a time of great strategic uncertainty for many countries in the Asia-Pacific, and our authors in this edition engage with those concerns over a wide range of issues.


- Desmond Ball, Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.

-  Nicholas Farrelly, Research Fellow in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.

- Leszek Buszynski, Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University.

- Richard Brabin-Smith, Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre of the Australian National University.

- Will Clegg, Commonwealth Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford.

- Michael Evans, ADC Fellow at the Australian Defence College, Canberra.

For links to the article abstracts and author biographies, see the table of contents of this edition on the Security Challenges website. Hard copies can be ordered here.

The full text of this issue is available to Kokoda members in the members-only section of our website.


Issues and Ideas for the Asia White Paper
The Autumn 2012 edition

The Autumn 2012 edition of Security Challenges examines several topical issues in Australia's foreign and defence policy. Several distinguished authors proposed issues and ideas for consideration by the Gillard Government's Asia White Paper:


- Alexander Downer, former Foreign Minister of Australia;

- Michael L'Estrange, former Secretary of DFAT and Director of the National  
  Security College at the Australian National University;

- Andrew O'Neil, Director of Griffith University's Asia Institute; and

- Malcolm Cook, Dean of the School of International Studies, Flinders University


In addition, this issue features articles and comments on:
  • The legality of Australian uranium exports to India;
  • The idea of a concept of powers in Asia;
  • Historical lessons for the future of ADF amphibious capability;
  • Third party nationals in Australian Defence industry and the ITAR reforms
For links to the article abstracts and author biographies, see the table of contents of this edition on the Security Challenges website. Hard copies can be ordered here.

The full text of this issue is available to Kokoda members in the members-only section of our website.

Summer 2011 edition

Responsibility to Protect and Protection of Civilians


The Summer 2011 edition of Security Challenges contains up-to-date articles on two issues of major importance for internatinal security in recent months: The Responsibility to Protect concept after the Libya Intervention, and political change and reform in Myanmar.


Vesselin Popovski; Ramesh Thakur; Michael Smith, Jeni Whalan and Peter Thomson; Hugh Breakey and Angus Francis; and Charles Sampford all examine the relationship between the two related concepts of Responsibility to Protect, and the Protection of Civilians in wartime, in light of recent developments in Libya and elsewhere.

John Blaxland and Christopher Roberts argue that the time for Western engagement with Myanmar has now come.
Full text articles of this edition are available on the Security Challenges website. Hard copies can be ordered here.

Winter 2011 edition


In the Winter 2011 edition of Security Challenges, a range of experts discusses the future of the Australian Army after Afghanistan. With contributions by John Caligari, Peter Leahy, James Brown, Andrew Davies, Hugh White, Michael Evans, and John Blaxland, the new edition of Security Challenges is an essential resource for anyone interested in the future of the Australian Army.

In addition, Derek Woolner examines the governance arrangements for maritime security in Australia, arguing that the current structures have failed. Desmond Ball examines Chinese cyberwarfare capabilities, and Peter Hayes and Michael Hamel-Green make the case for a nuclear weapon free zone in Korea.

Full text articles of this edition are available on the Security Challenges website. Hard copies can be ordered here.





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