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France Suspends Mistral Warship Delivery to Russia

French President François Hollande has placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia in view of the deadly conflict in east Ukraine, the president’s office said on Tuesday....

When General Sharif Went to Washington

When General Sharif Went to Washington A visit by Pakistan’s army chief underlines the unique and often troubled relationship between Washington and Rawalpindi. November 22, 2014 By Michael Kugelman Quick: Identify the civilian democracy...

Investigathon – Near Misses: Tools that Almost Worked

On November 12th 2014 Google Ideas, Google For Media, and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) ran the Investigathon New York, a day long event looking investigation tools and techniques that included...

BBP + DII = Destruction or Creation?

The Pentagon is yet to explain how its twin defense-industrial strategies will interact. The Pentagon’s Better Buying Power (BBP) initiative, launched four years ago and recently in its third version, is meant to unlock...

East Timor, Australia and the ‘Timor Gap’

Tom Allard recently reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that Australia and East Timor are ready to restart talks on the maritime boundary between the two countries, with all its complications of petroleum revenues...

PacNet #83 – Hastening the fall of the Korean Wall

As Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Western press reexamined the process that culminated in this momentous event on Nov. 9, 1989. Lessons from this German experience...

The US and Australian strategy

The recent debate in these pages on how Australia should think and act as a power in the international system is important and timely. The thoughtful contributions of Peter Jennings, Andrew Carr, Rod Lyon,...

Genetically modified food: The sum of all China’s fears

Among the worries that keep Chinese leaders awake at night surely is food security. Li Keqiang’s first priority upon taking the premiership in 2013 was agricultural modernisation. Civil rebellions and wars throughout China’s history...

Hagel’s Successor Could Be First Female Pentagon Chief

Now that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation is final, all eyes are on a handful of candidates capable of leading the Pentagon through a minefield of fiscal challenges and unpredictable threats to national security....

Hagel was never a good fit with Obama White House

[youtube:X7Sp6w4KRUc] US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unexpectedly resigned this morning (AEST), the apparent victim of heavily criticised Obama Administration foreign-policy failures and brooding discontent within the White House. Hagel, one of just two Republicans...

Iran nuclear negotiations: A negative non-failure

This morning it was announced that the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 have been extended for another seven months; or to be specific, another four months to reach a political agreement and...

Chuck Hagel: Side-lined, then sacked

WHEN in a hole, fire someone. That’s the Washington way. Bigwigs and advisers alike must be wondering who will be next after Monday’s very public sacking of Chuck Hagel, the defence secretary. President Barack...

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