At Security Scholar, we provide commentary and analysis from an Australian perspective on security, defence and foreign policy issues concerning Australia, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan. Our aim is to provide a platform for discussion and debate on topics of relevance to a national and international audience.


Natalie Sambhi is Founder and Executive Director of Verve Research, an independent research collective focussed on the relationship between militaries and societies in Southeast Asia. She is also a Non-resident Fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Program and a PhD scholar at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Australian National University, focussing on Indonesian military history.

In 2010, Natalie founded the blog Security Scholar and tweets at @SecurityScholar. She speaks Indonesian and enjoys playing the cello and listening to Wu Tang Clan.

N.R. Jenzen-Jones is a military arms & munitions specialist and security analyst focusing on current and recent conflicts. He is the director of Armament Research Services (ARES). He has produced extensive research and analysis on a range of small arms and small arms ammunition issues, as well as providing technical assessments of incendiary weapons, cluster munitions, and arms proliferation. He has conducted field research in conflict and post-conflict zones, and is adept at developing and maintaining local sources in regions of interest. He is frequently tasked to inspect and report on captured arms and munitions, and to examine cases of arms proliferation and diversion. Mr Jenzen-Jones’ other research fields include counter-piracy, counter-narcotics, and exploitation of technical intelligence. He is an armourer certified on several Western and Eastern Bloc weapons, including AK series rifles. He is an ammunition collector, and a member of the European Cartridge Research Association and the International Ammunition Association.

The views and opinions expressed here are our own and do not reflect the views of our employers or affiliated institutions.


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