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Air power critical for Manus expansion plan

By Peter Jennings Only a few weeks ago, it looked as though the extent of Australia’s ambitions for Papua New Guinea’s Lombrum Naval Base, HMPNGS Tarangau, was a $5 million contribution to upgrade the...

Amo, amas, amat, a Manus …

By Peter Jennings Only a few weeks ago, it looked as though the extent of Australia’s ambitions for Papua New Guinea’s Lombrum Naval Base, HMPNGS Tarangau, was a $5 million contribution to upgrade the...

The five-domains update

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok and Georgia Grice Sea state A year and two days after Argentinian submarine ARA San Juan went missing in the Atlantic Ocean, it was detected more than...

The limits of China’s charm offensive

By Minxin Pei Over the past decade, China has taken an increasingly muscular approach to relations with East Asian countries. But in recent months—despite some hiccups in the South Pacific—it has surprised its neighbours...

Australia’s new agricultural visa

By Stephen Howes For several months, the Nationals and National Farmers’ Federation have been calling for an agricultural visa to ease labour shortages. On November 5, Prime Minister Scott Morrison effectively delivered it to...

Don’t Expect Any Trump Boost To Defense Spending

By Mackenzie Eaglen Contrary to the president’s rhetoric, there is no forthcoming Trump buildup, and the new strategy emphasizing China and Russia is becoming ever more elusive and out of touch with fiscal reality....

Strategic momentum shifts at APEC

By Michael Shoebridge The APEC meeting in Port Moresby will have been a shock to Chinese President Xi Jinping, because it showed that his assertive approach to using China’s growing power is now facing...

Getting real about Australia’s security

By Jim Molan The attack on Pearl Harbor is generally seen, by both Americans and Australians, as the most momentous event of December 1941. However, another event occurred three days later that is of...

The Australia–Israel Be’er Sheva Dialogue: round 4

By Anthony Bergin In Australia, there’s a tendency to see Israel purely through the lens of the Palestinian issue and the peace process. But there’s really no country in the Middle East whose interests...

22 + 35 > 57

By Russian Defense Policy While the Pentagon frets over its chances against China or Russia, Vzglyad’s Mikhail Bolshakov writes about why the Russian air forces would lose a battle with the United States. Russia’s...

Future NGSh on the Horizon?

By Russian Defense Policy Has a future Chief of the General Staff (NGSh or НГШ) appeared on the Russian military leadership horizon? Is it Aleksandr Zhuravlev? RF President Vladimir Putin appointed General-Colonel Zhuravlev (zhu-rav-LYOV)...

Making aid work

By Stephanie Copus-Campbell It takes 15 minutes in a tinny to cross from Australia to Papua New Guinea. Boigu Island in the Torres Strait is less than six kilometres from PNG—‘within a bow shot’,...

NATO Will ‘Integrate’ Offensive Cyber By Member States

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. “NATO is clear that we will not perform offensive cyberspace operations,” said Maj. Gen. Wolfgang Renner. “However, we will integrate sovereign cyberspace effects from the allies who are willing...

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