Cyber Security

In a hyper-connected and highly networked world, technology enables individuals, civil society, non-state actors and institutions to impact on social and political agendas more than ever before. And since global powershifts manifest in competing political models that seek to challenge the liberal order - developments in cyberspace also reflect these power dynamics.

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Our analysis seeks to cover these crucial aspects of contemporary cybersecurity challenges - ranging from the geopolitical level and questions about the shifting global order and international cyber norms to offensive cyber operations, private sector/industry perspectives, as well as the challenges of building the cyber workforce of the future. Grappling with cybersecurity therefore also involves addressing underlying questions on sovereignty, trade-offs between privacy and security, transparency and accountability.

As value partners, Germany and Australia share a very similar approach based on their common value basis yet how ’Cybersecurity is done’ at the policy level varies – and it is important to better understand the key differences in these approaches in order to capture their nuances and inherent possibilities. Accordingly, the value lies in comparative analyses and an exchange of perspectives especially when there are diverging approaches on a certain issue.

Our PERISCOPE focus is hence wide and narrow at the same time: pointed at how to best manage emerging challenges based on strategic assessments that are responsive to the respective geopolitical, socio-political and economic contexts from which they arise. In particular, one key objective is to assess how and why Australia and Germany/Europe may take similar or different approaches, looking at the varied circumstances they may encounter in specific areas.

Analysis Papers

Digital Lens

Digital Snapshot

by Katja Theodorakis

FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY: 2020 HIGHLIGHTS AND LOOKING AHEAD

2020 is coming to a close and many of us in in the foreign policy and (national) security space may be reflecting back also on the key events of this tumultuous year. As a year marked by staggering impact of the pandemic, the upheavals created by the Trump presidency and his ensuing election loss, Australia’s deteriorating relationship with China, 2020 was not necessarily flanked by too many optimistic takes on world events. Yet, as the US is holding out for the Biden presidency to usher in a new chapter for the country, we also hold high hopes for 2021.

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Digital Snapshot

By Katja Theodorakis

The Quad and Beyond: Constellations, Partnerships and Alliances across the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic

As global power and wealth have been shifting towards Asia, Australia and increasingly also Europe, are faced with the challenge of how to respond. This is connected to debates about what kinds of alliances, partnerships and collaborative constellations are needed to balance Chinese ambitions.

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Digital Snapshot

By Katja Theodorakis

Declaration of Independence? Germany’s New Indo-Pacific Policy Guidelines

Germany has just put itself on the map of the Indo-Pacific by issuing a foreign policy guideline paper that identifies the region as a key strategic priority, pledging to actively contribute to shaping it according to the principles of the rules-based order.

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Digital Snapshot

By Katja Theodorakis

‘Tending that Garden’ – Australia’s New Cybersecurity Strategy Amidst a Changing International Society

"It’s fair to say that in 2020, our ‘international society’ is under strain. The reaction of some has been to fret about the weakening of the rules-based international order. Fair enough.

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