The Australian Strategic
Policy Institute (ASPI)
independent, non-partisan policy institute. It was
set up and funded by the Australian government to
provide fresh ideas on Australia's defence and
strategic policy choices. It was formally set up and
began functioning in August 2001.
is charged with informing the public on strategic
and defence issues, generating new ideas for the
government, and fostering strategic expertise in
Australia. It aims to help Australians understand
the critical strategic choices Australia faces and
help the Australian government make better-informed
institute’s board is comprised of distinguished
Australians including a member each nominated by the
Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. The
Secretaries of the Departments of Defence, Foreign
Affairs and Trade serve on the board ex-officio. The
institute brings in top scholars to conduct research
and publish, including a program of visits by
prominent international strategic thinkers.
institute also does specific work commissioned by
Government. They sponsor and organise a range of
activities including lectures, seminars discussions
and other events to encourage public discussion and
the development of strategic policy perspectives.
Here is a list of the publications:
ASPI publishes longer studies on issues of critical
importance to Australia and the region. Current year
back to 2004.
These publications are intended to provide expert
perspectives on specific current issues. Current
numbered series back to Number 1 in 2004.
These publications are intended to deepen
understanding on critical questions facing key
strategic decision-makers and, where appropriate,
provide policy recommendations. This is a numbered
series with the current issue back to the first
issue in 2007.
A series of shorter papers, often on contemporary
hot issues. This series has been discontinued and
shorter articles will now appear on the ASPI blog
The Strategist (see below) or as Strategic Insights.
Strategic Policy Forums:
These are online roundtable discussions undertaken
when a subject of critical importance requires
debate. These debates have been migrated to the ASPI
blog The Strategist (see below) (2007–12).
The Australian Defence Almanac is a series produced
annually from 2004-2005 to 2011-12.
Pre 2004 publications:
• Policy Reports
• Policy Briefings
• Major Studies
• Occasional Papers
ASPI will undertake commissioned research for
clients including the Australian Government, state
governments, foreign governments and industry. For
further information, contact ASPI.
This includes 2 annual ASPI publication series:
The Cost of Defence: ASPI's Defence budget brief –
Current year back to 2002 – 2003.
Capability Annual, a planned series to begin late
2013. It will incorporate the Defence Almanac.
ASPI's Annual Report. – Current year back to 2002 –
ASPI publishes the full-text of selected sponsored
All the above publications are available in
full-text in Asia-Studies Full-Text.
Additionally, the ASPI publishes a weblog, The
Strategist. This is the official blog of The
Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), and is
set up to provide fresh ideas on Australia’s defence
and strategic policy choices as well as encourage
and facilitate discussion and debate among
interested stakeholders in the online strategy
community. This is an opportunity for individual
authors and does not represent the views of ASPI or
the institutions to which the authors are attached.
Posts go from the current month back to June 2012.
The Strategist will be indexed and linked to in the
forthcoming Asia-Studies Full-Text Plus section.
Here are the links to the
Australian Strategic Policy Institute site and