Maritime Trade Dependencies and Risks: A National Security Issue

By John Blackburn

This October 2019 paper was also submitted to the Parliament of Australia, Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth Inquiry into Diversifying Australia’s Trade and Investment Profile, in September 2020.

At the heart of a National Security Strategy, there should be a Maritime Trade Strategy. Today, in Australia, neither exist.

This Article summarises the presentation made to the Australian Naval Institute Goldrick Seminar in Oct 19. It discusses some of the issues that could be considered in such a risk assessment. These include intentional interruption of trade, collateral damage from events such as an economic crisis leading to a failure of credit, natural disasters and climate change and PANDEMICS. Who would have thought ?