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Bad Idea: Armed Drones in West Africa

By Alice Hunt Friend We’re partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. We don’t usually pay much attention to...

The five-domains update

By Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman, Jacqueline Westermann and Harley Comrie Sea state Japan and China have agreed to implement a ‘hotline’ to avoid clashes in the East China Sea. No official agreement on the...

Asia’s cities against North Korea

By Yuriko Koike As Tokyo—and towns and cities across Japan—look ahead to 2018, they are dusting off long-neglected civil-defence infrastructure and nuclear-attack procedures. Schoolchildren are practising the kinds of nuclear-safety drills that I endured...

Cyber trends in 2017: the rise of the global cyberattack

By Tom Uren What are the mega-trends across the cyber landscape in the Asia–Pacific? The ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre’s new report, Cyber maturity in the Asia–Pacific region 2017, distils the major trends from...

Bad Idea: Easy Savings from DoD Management Reform

By Mark Cancian The Washington Post ran an article a year ago, claiming that an internal DOD study had identified $125 billion of management savings, but that the DoD leadership refused to take action....

Bad Idea: Accountability in Defense Acquisition

By Andrew Hunter We’re partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. They produced three today. I’m betting Sen. John...

The Trumping of Asia

By Kevin Rudd In the last year, the single most pointless wound inflicted by the US on Asia, not to mention itself, was its abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In one fell swoop, the...

Back to Bougainville

By Declan Sullivan Trouble is returning to the island of Bougainville and Australia must be prepared. With the 2019 independence referendum looming, Australia will be called on to help support the peace process, whatever...

Australia’s agenda for integrating the South Pacific

By Graeme Dobell In offering security and economic integration to the South Pacific, Australia is starting gently with small steps. The soft-and-slow approach to integration has the best chance of success, because South Pacific...

Wrestling a nuclear-armed 800-pound gorilla

By Andrew Davies Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith recently opined that our strategic situation has changed for the worse and that the warning time clock is ticking. I think they’re right. We were able...

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