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Author: DFNS

Afghanistan: charting a new path

Following a protracted dispute over election results, a national unity government headed by President Ashraf Ghani was sworn in in Kabul last September. This has injected some badly-needed momentum into Afghan politics after months...

Assessing a Deal or Non-deal with Iran

It now seems unlikely that the P5+1 countries of the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany can reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran by the end of November. A final...

The Vice President’s Difficult Trip to Turkey

On November 21, Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Istanbul for a two day visit during which he will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. read more …read...

Defending ‘the region’

I write to make a further contribution to the ongoing debate about Australia’s strategic place as a Top 20 power. In Peter’s latest response he implies that regionalists are less ‘grown up’ than globalists....

Thoughts on Merkel’s global profile

[youtube:HZYR5NVB8XA] As you can see above, the video of the 2014 Lowy Lecture, delivered on Monday by Angela Merkel, is now available, and I encourage you to take a look, particularly since her tough...

Australia, India and maritime security

In a historic address to Parliament in Canberra, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested both countries should collaborate more on maintaining maritime security: ‘We should work together on the seas and collaborate in international...

New Caledonia: Australia must show assertive impartiality

Thirty years ago to the week, New Caledonia was torn apart by violent protests. The pro-independence FLNKS boycotted an election and town halls were burned throughout the country. It provoked a four-year long civil...

Together we can and must end violence against women

As many of you know, two core things I publicly support coincide in the month of November: raising awareness for men’s health by growing a moustache for Movember; and, standing up for the ending...

Odierno Rejects Comparing Gulf War to Recent Iraq War

The Army’s top officer was initially curt in his response to a retired general’s provocative new book that argues the U.S. lost the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “First of all, I haven’t...

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