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Pacific workers in rural Victoria

By Rochelle-Lee Bailey Koo Wee Rup in Victoria is Australia’s largest asparagus-growing district and has a population of 3,579. Without a significant local labour supply to meet horticultural requirements, the region has been involved...

The persistent illusions of the 2016 defence white paper

By Mike Scrafton Enough time has passed for the presumptions about the international environment, the strategic logic and the national objectives of the 2016 defence white paper (DWP 2016) to be assessed. This record...

The Yemen Project: HAJ 10005 – The Abs Prison Strike

By yemenproject Incident ID: HAJ10005 Location: Abs, Hajjah, Yemen Coordinates: 15.998964, 43.198856 Incident Grading: Confirmed Date: 2015/05/12 Time (AST): After 1515 AST KEY FINDINGS – Open sources, including satellite imagery, indicate that on 2015/05/12...

Rush To Military AI Raises Cyber Threats

By Theresa Hitchens UAE minister of state for artificial intelligence: failure by governments to take proactive measures to ensure the cybersecurity of AI systems “is going to come back to bite us.” …read more...

1919: The triumph of Billy Hughes

By Ann Moyal Prime Minister W.M. (Billy) Hughes spent several months in England in 1916 getting to know the wartime decision-makers, attending British cabinet meetings, lobbying for Australia’s trading interests, seeking a greater voice...

The Yemen Project: HAJ 10003 – Aahim Triangle, Bani Hassan, Hajjah

By yemenproject Incident ID: HAJ10003 Location: Muthalith Aahim (Aahim Triangle), Bani Hassan, Hajjah Governorate, Yemen Coordinates: 16.325139, 43.089533 Incident Grading: Likely Date: 2015-07-04 Time (AST): 1730–1900 UTC (MSF states 20:30 AST. HRW states “about...

Taiwan’s high-tech tightrope

By Elise Thomas Taiwan is walking an increasingly fine line between its security and economic interests when it comes to major Chinese technology companies—and it’s about to get (even more) political. Last Friday, the...

Is winter coming to the EU?

By Mark Leonard A popular narrative holds that the European Parliament elections in May will be Act III in the populist drama that began in 2016 with the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and US...

The Strategist Six: Brendan Nelson

By The Editors Welcome to ‘The Strategist Six’, a feature that provides a glimpse into the thinking of prominent academics, government officials, military officers, reporters and interesting individuals from around the world. 1. As...

Separating climate finance and ODA

By Fiona Ryan International cooperation on climate change has been dogged by problems of who should pay to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience against climate change. Suspicion reigns! Under the 2015 Paris...

The Yemen Project: DHA10002 – Sanaban Wedding Strike

By yemenproject Incident ID: DHA10002 Location: Sanaban, Dhamar, Mayfa’at Anss, Yemen Coordinates: 14.426831, 44.664921 Incident Grading: Confirmed Date: 2015-10-07 Time (AST): Approximately 2200 AST KEY FINDINGS – We identified the location of the alleged...

The structure of a diplomatic revolution

By Richard N. Haass It has been nearly 60 years since the philosopher and historian Thomas Kuhn wrote his influential book The structure of scientific revolutions. Kuhn’s thesis was simple but heretical: breakthroughs in...

The five-domains update

By Rhys De Wilde, Luke Courtois and Genevieve Feely Sea state Today marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy. Beijing has invited more than 10 countries to take...

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