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DFNS.net Policy Blog

Cyber wrap

By Michael Chi Getting a handle on the ‘cyber’ It’s been a big week in internet regulation, with unsavoury activities being plugged left and right. GoDaddy, a major domain registration service, evicted the Daily...

Can South Korea save the day?

By Katharine H.S. Moon As North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s and US President Donald Trump’s war of words escalated, Independence Day celebrations—commemorating the Korean peninsula’s 1945 liberation from Japanese colonial rule—was unfolding in both...

Korean War 2.0? The Signs To Watch

By Mark Cancian After threatening to rain four missiles around Guam, North Korea’s pudgy leader, Kim Jong-un appeared to back off today. The official North Korean News Agency issued a fabulous tweet describing it,...

Pakistan post-Sharif: expect little change

By Claude Rakisits On 1 August, the parliament of Pakistan overwhelmingly elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the new prime minister following the Supreme Court’s decision to unanimously declare that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was...

Sea, air, land and space updates

By Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman, Harley Comrie and Jacqueline Westermann Sea state It looks like the Russian government might have spoofed naval GPS in the Baltic Sea. A report from an American ship says...

Home affairs: painting over the cracks?

By John Coyne If our domestic security agencies’ past operational achievements (see, for example, here and here) are anything to go by, the success of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Home Affairs portfolio seems inevitable....

Nikki Haley and the Trump administration’s UN policy

By Elsina Wainwright The Trump administration’s evolving UN policy is a case study in how policymaking in the administration remains a work in progress amid competing worldviews, absent or unclear guidance, and an idiosyncratic...

Where are the unions in seasonal work programs?

By Nic Maclellan Stephen Howes has reacted critically to a recent article in The Guardian, which highlighted exploitation of workers under Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP). Earlier this year, he made similar criticisms of...

Time for ‘implementation diplomacy’ on North Korea

By Leif-Eric Easley In July 2017, North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles that it claims can deliver a nuclear payload anywhere in the world. Pyongyang tends to exaggerate its military capabilities, but its...

Vetting the vetters

By Kate Grayson I agree with Peter Jennings’ assessment that the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review seems to have been almost overshadowed by the Turnbull government’s announcement of the new Home Affairs portfolio. The 23...

Calling the Chinese bully’s bluff

By Brahma Chellaney The more power China has accumulated, the more it has attempted to achieve its foreign-policy objectives with bluff, bluster, and bullying. But, as its Himalayan border standoff with India’s military continues,...