There’s a vibrant Twitter community in Australia with a strong interest in security, intelligence and defence issues in the Asia Pacific. If you’re interested in an Australian perspective, here’s a list of recommended tweeters (individual and institutional accounts) you might like to follow.
Most tweets will cover Australia’s alliance with the US; the 2013 Defence White Paper; the US rebalance to the Asia Pacific; ethnic violence; military exercises; the rise of China, India and Indonesia; the Korean peninsula; maritime security; intelligence; the South China Sea and more. But what these Tweeters have all got in common is some experience in understanding and analysing defence and security issues whether as military officers, researchers, journalists or photographers, and think tank analysts. As many have written extensively about security issues, I encourage you to explore their research and blogs as well.
You can also follow discussion on Australian defence matters via the hashtag #ausdef. For a regional view of our security issues, I’ve included some worthwhile accounts from Southeast Asia as well.
Like all Twitter lists, this is only a starting point and any additions are most welcome.
@AlbertPalazzo | Albert Palazzo
Senior Research Fellow @lwscaustralia I’ve published widely on the #Australian #Army and contemporary #military and #ausdef issues. My views are my own. Canberra
@Andrew_Zammit | Andrew Zammit
Research Fellow at the Global Terrorism Research Centre (Monash) and an Editor at Australian Policy Online (Swinburne). Opinions my own, RTs not endorsement. Blogs at The Murphy Raid. Melbourne.
@Andrew_D_ASPI | Andrew J. Davies
Senior Analyst Defence capability.
@jasminchill | Jasmin C. Hill
Skydiver, rock-climber, scubadiver, nuclear aficionado, general all-round dare-devil & former child television star. My comments are my own. Retweet is not Endorsement. Australia.
@Jim_Molan | Jim Molan
Author, defence and security commentator, consultant, company director, retired army officer.
@lwscaustralia | Land Warfare Studies Centre
LWSC is a #future focused #thinktank, exploring land #combat and #Australia’s strategic environment. FF/RT/F does not = endorsement. #ausdef #natsec. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
@PD_SDSC | Peter Dean
Director of Studies at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre- ANU, Lecturer at the Australian Command & Staff College & Editor of Security Challenges Journal. Canberra, ACT Australia.
@TheBaseLeg | Mike Yeo
Published military aviation photographer. Melbourne-based Singaporean. Website has my photos & I blog/tweet mainly about Asia-Pacific military aviation news. Melbourne, Australia.
Other Interesting Twitter Accounts in the Region
@DrTimHuxley | Tim Huxley
Student and observer of Asian societies, politics and international relations; philatelist; aviation enthusiast; dad. Singapore.
@DzirhanDefence | Dzirhan Mahadzir
Defence journalist, Malaysia correspondent-Janes Defence Weekly former guest lecturer on military history and strategy, Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.