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Arctic dreams

By Mike Scrafton The Arctic is a region where great power competition will play out in coming years. Russia has significant strategic and economic interests in the region, and for China the Arctic may...

Some thoughts on strategy

By Alan Stephens ­ ‘Strategy’ is one of those words that’s used so widely and in so many different contexts that it often seems to generate confusion. That doesn’t need to be the case,...

Oil Search Foundation seeks Head of Signature Programs

By Ashlee Betteridge The Oil Search Foundation (OSF) seeks expressions of interest from qualified individuals for the position of Head of Signature Programs. This position is based in Port Moresby with around 50% of...

French presence in the Pacific reinforced by the PIF

By Paul Soyez France strengthened its South Pacific presence during the 47th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) earlier this month, with New Caledonia and French Polynesia becoming full members of the organisation. This double integration,...

The highest glass ceiling

By Kerryn Baker In January 2016, President of Marshall Islands Casten Nemra was defeated in a no-confidence motion after just one week in office, the shortest tenure in Marshallese history. The following day, more...

Cyber maturity 2016: digital growth in our neighbourhood

By Zoe Hawkins The Asia–Pacific’s rapid online growth has contributed to its rise as the world’s new economic centre of gravity. With the majority of the world’s internet users now living in the Asia–Pacific,...

Beyond the MAD-ness of the Airbus-Boeing Rivalry

By website@atlanticcouncil.org (James Hasik) In the long run, military requirements and funding may matter more than trade disputes. In a 574-page report last week, the World Trade Organization ruled that the European Union and...

Carter Makes Pitch to Modernize Nuclear Triad

By Richard Sisk Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made the case Monday for a down payment of $108 billion over the next five years in the long-term effort to modernize the nation’s nuclear triad that...

Sea, air, land and space updates

By Christopher Cowan Sea State The US Navy will soon have eyes in the sky for much longer than before, having last week approved the commencement of low-rate initial production for the MQ-4C Triton...

Applying an Investor’s Mindset to Military Aid

By website@atlanticcouncil.org (James Hasik) Restricting US military aid may affect more than Israeli industry and the IDF. As has been widely reported, the United States and Israeli governments have come to a new ten-year...

Demining Colombia

By Cesar Alvarez The war between Colombia and the FARC rebel group is over. After four years of negotiating, yesterday in Cartagena both sides shook hands and bid farewell the longest-running conflict in the...

Teacher development evaluations

By Robert Cannon In 2011 I critiqued in The Australian AusAID’s plans to focus aid on building schools and management training for principals in Indonesia. I concluded my critique by arguing for more rigorous...

Security and economic worlds collide in DFAT White Paper

By Graeme Dobell In Canberra, the orbits of the economic world and security world are coming closer and their different gravitational fields are reacting as China conundrums confront the coming Foreign and Trade White...

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