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These are the droids you’re looking for

By James Mugg A recurring objection to the use of unmanned combat air systems (UCAS) for any role currently filled by fighter or attack aircraft is that robots can’t replace human fighter pilots. It’s...

August 24, 2016

By Paul Goble …read more From:: The Interpreter – Institute of Modern Russia

National security wrap

By Neal Reddan and Edward Boettcher The Beat High in the sky A seven news exclusive reveals Queensland police drones have located a $4.5 million cannabis crop in Springbrook national park. The new aerial...

ASPI at 15: past, present and future

By Stephen Loosley There’s a Chinese perspective that holds there are two kinds of time. Looking back is far more valuable than looking ahead, for it’s by looking back that lessons are understood and...

A no first use policy reduces the risk of nuclear war

By Ramesh Thakur Speculation is rife in Washington that President Barack Obama may announce several key changes to US nuclear policy in his final address to the UN General Assembly next month. Obama is...

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Where to with betelnut? Beyond bans and spot fines

By Busa Jeremiah Wenogo Port Moresby residents are now warned not to chew betelnut in public places as the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) imposes a 500 Kina spot fine on chewing and spitting....

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TB in PNG: the impact on children

By Camilla Burkot A new report released by ChildFund Australia draws much-needed attention to the impact of Papua New Guinea’s tuberculosis (TB) epidemic on children. The report, authored by journalist Jo Chandler, notes that...

The Morning Vertical, August 24, 2016

By Brian Whitmore ON MY MIND The anniversaries have been coming fast and furious in recent weeks. There’s been the failed Soviet coup on August 19-21, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 20,...

Russia Update: August 24, 2016

By Liveblog Team LIVE UPDATES: The Moscow Military District Court has failed to put together a jury in the trial for the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Welcome to our column, Russia Update,...

Ukraine Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Independence

By Liveblog Team Ukraine Day 919: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. READ OUR SPECIAL REPORT: An Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War...

Will the U.S. Extradite Fethullah Gulen?

By Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic Turkey has formally requested the transfer of the Pennsylvania-based cleric accused of masterminding last month’s coup, the State Department says. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

The Twenty Years’ War

By Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic Two decades ago, Osama bin Laden officially launched al-Qaeda’s struggle against the United States. Neither side has won. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

The Daily Vertical: Ukraine At 25

By Brian Whitmore The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. A transcript of...

ASPI at 15: reflections of a former defence minister

By Kim Beazley This is an era of intense political news management by governments. It’s an extraordinary thing that one of the governments that has been most effective at it, the Howard Government, put...

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