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.


Articles

1044
Strategic Influences

No end in sight for China’s dependence on Australian iron ore

China will be reliant on Australian iron ore for some time to come despite China’s efforts to find an alternative supplier.
PME Level All levels
1032
Strategic Influences

We’ll be on this rollercoaster for years

This article asserts that the Australia-China relationship will be a ‘rollercoaster ride’ for years to come, and Australia should continue to stand its ground against China’s demands.
PME Level All levels
1037
Strategic Influences

The global chip shortage is going from bad to worse. Here's why you should care.

Microchips are a crucial part of most modern manufacturing and defence technology; the current shortage of microchips shows how dependent we are on these chips.
PME Level All levels
1021
Strategic Influences

Russia’s Asia diplomacy

Russia still has political influence in the Indo-Pacific region and maintains a good relationship with China, India and Pakistan.
PME Level All levels
1031
Strategic Influences

India’s Covid-19 tsunami

By sending COVID-19 vaccines to over 60 countries, India hoped to be recognised as a global player, but this has now backfired as India desperately needs vaccines for itself.
PME Level All levels
1029
Strategic Influences

An Update on the Status of War

Although there is potential for conflict over Taiwan and Ukraine—COVID 19 remains the prime source of international instability.
PME Level All levels
1011
Strategic Influences

Harnessing power of white blood cells could be key to an effective malaria vaccine

The development of an effective malaria vaccine is essential for the health, security, and economic prosperity of all malaria-affected countries.
PME Level All levels
1015
Strategic Influences

What does the world need? More humans.

Learn more about something rarely discussed publicly—depopulation
PME Level All levels
1003
Strategic Influences

US has 'enormous respect' for how Australia is standing up to China's 'economic coercion'

A senior diplomat from the US embassy in Canberra, Michael Goldman, says the US has ‘enormous respect’ for the way Australia has stood up to China’s ‘economic coercion’.
PME Level All levels
1019
Strategic Influences

ANZAC Day 25 April 2021

On 25 April 1915, ANZAC troops from Australia and New Zealand went ashore at ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli.
PME Level All levels

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