Defence Minister Linda Reynolds faces an agonising question. Should she say to Scott Morrison that she doesn't feel up to staying in what is one of the most demanding portfolios in the government?
Now is the time to reflect carefully on what we ask of, and how we best support, those soldiers who serve in our name.
The Morrison government is repurposing defence spending in a A$1 billion boost to support about 4,000 jobs and assist small and medium-sized businesses in the defence industry supply chain.
We have become very China-centric in our strategic thinking — and this could be to our detriment. We need to pay more attention to Beijing's deepening defence ties with Russia.
Nigeria must eschew nepotism and ethnic or religious sentiments in the war against terror.
Australian-based companies get a good share of Australian defence contracts, but not the Australian owned ones, and much of the work is mere subcontracting.
There is a real risk a national inquiry could get bogged down in politics, or not lead to real change. But we need more federal action on bushfires. Our old approaches are broken.
Why the EU and NATO have struggled to cooperate fully.
A Senate report recommended several measures the government should take to prepare for climate-fuelled migration, natural disasters and conflicts. The response so far has been underwhelming.
Australia has committed to joining the US and the UK in a mission to protect oil ships in the Strait of Hormuz. But why is the Strait the source of so much tension between the US and Iran?
Developing nuclear weapons requires technological and industrial capabilities that Australia simply does not have at the moment. The political will may be lacking, too.
A new report has found a major gender gap persists in Australia's diplomatic, defence and intelligence fields. Australia needs good ideas, and we cannot assume they will all come from the same place.
The battle for military power intensifies as Britain faces mounting threats alongside economic uncertainty.
Morrison announced a compromise position that recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but does not move Australia’s embassy there until a peace settlement determines Jerusalem’s final status.
Lowy Institute’s Jonathan Pryke on APEC 2018.
Pryke told The Conversation "the desire for a convergence of China into the international liberal order seems like a bit of a fantasy now.”
In a speech titled “After the Midterms”
Fullilove warns Australia may need to increase its defence spending beyond the present commitment and urges the government to reverse some of its cuts to aid.
Compared to China's naval ambitions, we seem slow-moving and complacent and lack the agility to keep up with the times.
US President Donald Trump's attacks on allies and conciliatory actions toward Russia have made European leaders feel more vulnerable than ever.
From awkwardness and confusion to rancour, Trump certainly left his mark on the 2018 NATO summit.
Trump's assault on the global trade system could be just a prelude to his next moves.