Summary

Williamson Murray and Mark Grimsley explain strategy as a 'process of constant adaption to shifting conditions and circumstances in the world where chance, uncertainty, and ambiguity dominate. Moreover, it is a world in which the actions, intentions, and purposes of other participants remain shadowy and indistinct, taxing the wisdom and intuition of the canniest policymaker.' Strategy involves 'human passions, values, and beliefs...' In such a world Carl von Clausewitz suggests that a strategy must always fall short in the face of such complexities. Influences are those 'levers' that shape or have an effect on strategic objectives such as economics drivers, proximity to potential adversaries, ideology, culture, history and preconceptions'. The Runway will focus specifically on our near region.


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Strategic Influences

Declassification of secret document reveals US strategy in the Indo-Pacific

The recently declassified (Jan 2021) US policy document on the Indo-Pacific shows the importance that the US attaches to the views of Australia, Japan and India.
PME Level All levels
880
Strategic Influences

Britain tilts towards the Indo-Pacific

After leaving the EU, the UK intends to increase its defence spending and among other things, focus on the Indo-Pacific Region.
PME Level All levels
875
Strategic Influences

China’s fishery deal with PNG: wolf-warrior diplomacy or just business?

Australia is concerned about PNG allowing China to develop an industrial-sized fishing park in PNG waters.
PME Level All levels
873
Strategic Influences

THE GREAT CLIMATE MIGRATION The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World

Russia, in land area the world’s biggest country, could gain from global warming as agriculture becomes viable in Russia’s east.
PME Level All levels
869
Strategic Influences

Avoiding a “lost decade” in the Pacific

Being remote has protected the Pacific from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic—however, the economic damage has been severe.
PME Level All levels
865
Strategic Influences

Boxing Day Tsunami Anniversary

2020 is the sixteenth anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami, the most devastating Tsunami ever recorded—the region has not forgotten, and neither should we.
PME Level All levels
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUo7TloWISYVideo
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Strategic Influences

The New Great Game at Sea

The 19 – 20th Century concept of Navalism where a blue water fleet is seen as a symbol of national prestige—seems to be making a comeback.
PME Level 4
856
Strategic Influences

The Cost of Defence 2020 – 2021. Part 2: ASPI Defence Budget Brief

ASPI notes that the 2020/21 Defence Budget increases spending by 9 % mainly on capital items, but ASPI also notes improved value for money and program re-evaluations are needed
PME Level All levels
846
Strategic Influences

No’ vote in New Caledonia independence referendum a pyrrhic victory for loyalists

New Caledonia, which is a French overseas collectivity, has voted (for the second time) 'No' to independence from France.
PME Level All levels
845
Strategic Influences

India-Australia security relations: They’ve only just begun

An improvement in Australia/India relations is partly due to both countries recognizing that they must do more to enhance their own security
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