Archive 13

IPI Global Observatory: articles of note

The following articles recently published on the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory website may be of note to APCML readers: Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi argues that while ISIS is contracting (from the perspective of territory held), it is far from “defeated” and will remain a global terror threat for decades to come: David Haeri, Naomi Miyashit and Salvator Cusimano provide recommendations on future UN peacekeeping operations in the context of the recent Declaration of Shared Commitments developed over the summer:

‘The Case for Fixed Australian Defence White Paper Cycles’

A new article on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute website by Mike Kalms and Adam Lockyer argues that Australian defence white papers (DWPs), while beneficial, are also disruptive and can cause anxiety within the defence community. The authors suggest that a fixed 8-year cycle would ‘remove the uncertainty in industry and Defence about when they’ll […]

New ICRC blog post – ‘Internal Displacement: Some Reflections on Cracking the Urban Challenge’

A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog by Dr Catherine-Lune Grayson summarises the findings of a recent study designed to identify ways of improving humanitarian responses to internal displacement in urban environments:

‘The Five Eyes Statement on Encryption: Things are Seldom What They Seem’

A new article on the Lawfare website by Susan Landau analyses the recent Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption, which was issued when Five Eyes intelligence alliance officials met in Australia earlier last month. Landau suggests that the Statement is a political effort by law enforcement agencies to gain investigative capabilities, both within Australia and across the Five Eyes. It comes as the Australian government has flagged its intention to introduce new legislation designed to give security agencies new powers to respond to encryption technologies.

New Foreign Policy articles of note to readers

The following recent articles from Foreign Policy may be of note to APCML readers:   Lara Seligman writes that an F-35 – the US military’s newest and most expensive fighter jet – recently crashed for the first time, in a development that could raise questions about pending sales to countries including Australia. The F-35B variant is being […]

‘Why We Need a Radically New Defence Policy’

Two recent articles and events have considered whether and why Australia needs a new defence policy: On the Australian Strategic Policy Institute website, Paul Dibb writes that the familiar international order which has prevailed for the past 70 years has ended, and that Australian defence planners now find themselves in an unpredictable strategic transition to which […]

public panel event on this topic also took place at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs on 27 September. Transcripts of speeches by Paul Dibb Brendan Sargeant and Richard Brabin-Smith are now available online, and video of the event is available via YouTube below:

US Department of Defence 2018 Cyber Security Strategy Summary released

This Summary was released on 18 September 2018, and marks the DoD’s first formal cyber strategy document in 3 years. Various analysis has been provided by War on the Rocks and Lawfare. The next day, the White House also released its own National Cyber Strategy – see here. Critical analysis is provided by Foreign Policy.

Japanese Military Reform on the Horizon

The East Asia Forum reported last week that Japanese military reform and defence capability upgrades will likely increase in coming years, and suggests that Japan may seek to establish a formal defence treaty with Australia. See also this related article (from the same website) considering whether Japan and China can move beyond a tactical detente in relations, […]

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