The Challenges for Strategic Forum

Serious security challenges now confront Australia and its allies. They require careful discussion and analysis. Primary concerns include:

  • The trajectories of the major powers in the Indo-Pacific and the strategy options for the Western allies.
  • Deep tensions between the major powers over contested territory in the South China Sea, the East China Sea and Ukraine.
  • The strategies and strategic cultures of the major authoritarian states and options for allied counters.
  • The proliferation of long-range missilery and other strategic weapons in countries like North Korea, Iran and Pakistan.
  • The growth of radical Islamist terrorism and its attempts to reach Australia and the homelands of our close allies and friends.
  • Aggressive cyber operations by many countries, terrorist organisations and criminal syndicates.
  • Increasingly sophisticated criminal organisations trafficking in people, drugs, weaponry and other sensitive cargoes.
  • The potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to transform allied defence capability development and acquisition.

Many of the challenges now confronting Australia’s national security decision-makers are significantly different to those of only a decade ago.

New thinking is required.

Strategic Forum has been established to help.


Winning Without Fighting: Chinese and Russian Political Warfare Campaigns and How the West Can Prevail: Volumes 1 & 2 assesses the role of political warfare in Chinese and Russian strategy. The report goes beyond diagnosing the challenge to offer a range of potential allied counter-strategies and proposes a new conceptual approach to such thinking.






Stealing a March: Chinese Hybrid Warfare in the Indo-Pacific: Issues and Options for Allied Defense Planners


Stealing a March: Chinese Hybrid Warfare in the Indo-Pacific: Issues and Options for Allied Defense Planners: Volumes 1 & 2 examines Beijing’s hybrid warfare campaigns, their origins, means and modes, level of success and possible future shape. It also assesses the primary options for U.S. and allied counter-strategy.

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