Visiting Fellow Peter Layton

Trump’s Twitter diplomacy troubles US–China relations

As President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration approached, tensions in the South China Sea have continued to evolve. In mid-December it became apparent that China is… Read More

China is creeping south and it is time we acted

In the South China Sea dispute, Australia remains trapped in the past. Since Australia developed its strategy, China has built six large islands — three… Read More

The South China Sea’s worsening strategic dilemmas

The world has moved on but most South China Sea strategies are stuck in the past. For example, Australia’s policies have changed very little… Read More

The strategic dimensions of Australia’s new defence minister diarchy

For the first time Australia now has two senior ministers in the Defence portfolio, with Marise Payne as Minister for Defence and Christopher Pyne as… Read More

The Foreign Affairs White Paper probably won’t be a real strategy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has laid out some tough parameters for her newly commissioned White Paper. It will set out a ‘philosophical framework… Read More

How to overhaul the dismal trade of strategy

There’s no shortage of dark, pessimistic visions out there, including a revisionist Russia, an assertive China, the end of globalisation, a declining America and an… Read More

Security shouldn’t trump economics on the Ausgrid sale

Security trumps economics, or so the Ausgrid saga seems to have taught us. But maybe this framing is all wrong. Security and economics might be… Read More

ANZUS pact needs a gold-standard upgrade under Clinton or Trump

Now that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have secured US presidential nominations, the Turnbull government has a narrow window of opportunity to strengthen our American… Read More

ANZUS in Trumpland—should we have seen it coming?

Andrew Davies’ recent post on the possibility of Donald Trump as US President presents an interesting alternative future that could cause a fundamental rewrite… Read More

A mixed fighter fleet for Canada? Super Hornets, F-​35s, and the challenge of comparisons

Every country has an F-35 story it seems. Both Australian and Canadian force structure planning has been blighted by the aircraft’s problems and long delays. Read More