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The five-domains update

By Christopher Dixon, Jessica Clarence, Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson and Melissa Liberatore Sea state Australia’s third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) was launched in a ceremony last weekend. NUSHIP Sydney was built by ASC...

Turkey’s pipedreams and NATO’s nightmares

By Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson Turkey’s relationship with NATO is at a nadir. Following its recent incursion into Syria’s Afrin district against NATO-backed Kurdish forces, Ankara now finds itself at loggerheads with the United States and...

Pompeo Declares Economic War on Iran

By Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic The U.S. secretary of state vowed “unprecedented financial pressure in the form of the strongest sanctions in history.” …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Glocalism comes of age in the Indo-Pacific

By Isaac Kfir In a new ASPI report, Terrorism in the Indo-Pacific: glocalism comes of age, I assess al‑Qaeda and Daesh’s commitment to establishing a presence in the Indo-Pacific from which they intend to...

ANAO report misses the target

By Kym Bergmann The ANAO report Naval construction programs—mobilisation released on 14 May is a worthy attempt to summarise the issues that must be addressed as Australia ramps up its huge acquisition program for...

China’s strategic strait in the South China Sea (part 1)

By Malcolm Davis In a highly provocative move, China has deployed anti‑ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), as well as surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, to three disputed territories—Mischief Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef—in the...

Australia and the South Pacific: come to my aid

By Graeme Dobell Often, Australian policy in the South Pacific is aid policy. Our development assistance and aid dollars are always alive and active and about in the Islands, doing essential work even when...

ASPI suggests

By Sofia Patel, Jacqueline Westermann and Malcolm Davis The world The 70‑year‑long conflict between Israel and Palestine flared up again this week. Sixty Palestinians were killed, the highest fatality toll since the 2014 war....

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