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Australian Defence Business Review Writing Competition  

Winning Writers & Articles

The Institute partners with Australian Defence Business Review in an annual writing competition for ll young scholars or professionals under 35 years of age (as of the closing date). More information on the program can be found here.

The competition, running since 2006, has yielded many hundreds of high-quality articles, with the winners presented here:




2017 Winners

Nicholas Lyall: Clashing Doctrines and Strategic Cultures: The Need for Sino-Australian Cooperation

Declan Sullivan: Australian Gendarmes: Bridging Australia's South Pacific Capability Gap

2013 Winner

David Schaefer 

The Information Revolution and Foreign Intelligence Assessment: New Challenges for Australia?  

2012 Winner

Will Clegg 

Don’t Get Smart with Me! Sustaining the ADF in the Age of the Strategic Reform Program  

2011 Winner

Wislon Chun Hei Chau

Explaining China’s Participation in Bilateral and Multilateral Military Exercises  

2010 Winners

1st Prize: Anna Samson 

The Grand Weiqi Board: Reconsidering China’s Role in Africa  

2nd Prize: Matthew Hill

Chessboard or ‘Political Bazaar’? Revisiting Beijing, Canberra and Wellington’s Engagement with the South Pacific

3rd Prize: Sheryn Lee

The Defining Divide: Cross-Strait Relations and US, Taiwan, China Strategic Dynamics

2009 Winners

1st Prize: Will Clegg 

Irregular Forces in Counterinsurgency Warfare  

2nd Prize: Mayang Rahawestri

Obama’s Foreign Policy in Asia: More Continuity than Change

3rd Prize: Matthew Hill

A Velvet Glove? Coercion, and the Australasian Response to the 2006 Fijian Coup

2008 Winners

1st Prize

Richard Maher 

Obama versus McCain: Implications for the United States-Australia Alliance  

2nd Prize

Roy McDowall

The Strategic Depiction of China in Howard Government Policy

3rd Prize

Yusuke Ishihara

Partnership Adrift: Reshaping Australia-Japan Strategic Relations

2007 Winners

1st Prize

Benjamin Habib 

Another Perfect Storm?  Predictors of Radical Change in North Korea  

2nd Prize

Raoul E. Heinrichs

Australia’s Nuclear Dilemma: Dependence, Deterrence or Denial?  

3rd Prize

Alison Hickman 

Assisting Strategic Analysis in an Uncertain World  

Honourable Mentions

Andrew Forrest

How to Be a Good Friend: China and the Australia-Japan Security Relationship  

Patrick Chisan Hew 

National Effects-Based Operations: The Example of Fleet Air Defence  

2006 Winners

1st Prize

Cherie Canning 

Pursuit of the Pariah: Iran, Sudan and Myanmar in China’s Energy Security Strategy  

2nd Prize

Simon Moffat

Globalisation, Terrorism and Cosmopolitan Australia

3rd Prize

James D. Stratford 

Strategic Culture and the North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Conceptual Challenges and Policy Opportunities  

Honourable Mentions

James Manicom

Near-term Instability in the Taiwan Strait? Nationalist Constituencies in the PRC and Cross-Strait Stability  

Joanne Wallis

A 'helpem fren' in need... Evaluating the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands  

Benjamin Zala

Asia-Pacific: The New Nuclear Fault Line?


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