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International security research

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Addressing our world’s greatest challenges

The research we conduct addresses some of the most pressing issues affecting global security. We carry out a range of investigations to maintain the environment and protect the most vulnerable occupants of our planet today, and to ensure we’re well prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.

Through our unique relationship with the Australian Defence Force and defence industries we're helping to secure our world.

Asia-Pacific development & security

We explore significant socio-political changes affecting the Asia Pacific Region in areas such as gender, religion, development, and security.

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Environment & governance

Our researchers work at the intersection of law, public policy, and international cooperation to support ecological sustainability and manage the impact of human-induced environmental change.

Future operations

What are the threats, risks and opportunities that military forces will face in the future? We seek to understand how climate change, rapid advances in technology, and unconventional forms of warfare are changing operational environments.

International ethics

Bringing together international relations, political theory and moral philosophy, we debate and address ethical questions in international politics.

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Maritime security

We utilise expertise in international law, strategy, and naval affairs to tackle maritime security concerns such as human security, maritime crime and the ‘blue economy’.

Space ethics

New advances in space technology and science open new worlds for humans to explore. However, not all innovation is positive, and even the development of ‘good’ technologies can have negative outcomes.