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National security wrap

By Tracy Beattie, Hal Crichton-Standish, Daria Impiombato, Alexandra Pascoe and Albert Zhang The beat Expanded powers for protective services in Victoria may continue Victoria Police and the state government want to continue to use...

All bases aren’t equal in the defence of Australia

By John Caligari I read with interest the recent Strategist posts by John Coyne and Graeme Dunk in which they apparently took different stands on the importance of northern Australia for our defence. With...

The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think

By Robert Evans and Jason Wilson On May 26th, crowds gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to protest the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of the city’s police department. Floyd was black. Many...

The role of nuclear weapons in China’s national defence

By Fiona S. Cunningham At the end of April, two upgraded Chinese Type-094 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) reportedly went into service. But China’s SSBN capability is a far less important component of its...

How Covid-19 infected global trade    

By David Uren The rules of global trade went out the window between February and April as nations fought like cats to secure supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). It was each for themselves...

The end of Europe’s Chinese dream

By Mark Leonard A paradigm shift is taking place in relations between the European Union and China. The Covid-19 crisis has triggered a new debate within Europe about the need for greater supply-chain ‘diversification’,...

China’s COVID-19 Pacific diplomacy

By Denghua Zhang The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading to Pacific island countries (PICs), posing a severe threat to their economies and human security. Donors are aiding the region. For example, the United States...

The daily life of a Port Moresby buai vendor

By Linus digim’Rima and Joshua Apa Trying to purchase a 10kg bag of betel nuts (buai) from Gerehu’s Waikele buai warehouse is like baiting an elusive fish, thirty-something Joshua reflects with the usual smile...

The daily life of a Port Moresby buai vendor

By Linus digim’Rima and Joshua Apa Trying to purchase a 10kg bag of betel nuts (buai) from Gerehu’s Waikele buai warehouse is like baiting an elusive fish, thirty-something Joshua reflects with the usual smile...

Is the F-35 a poster child for a pre-pandemic paradigm?

By Marcus Hellyer There’s a big international weapons program that probably doesn’t pass the post-coronavirus pub test for supply chain security. As US President Donald Trump’s recently said, ‘It’s a certain fighter jet, I...

The five-domains update

By Tracy Beattie, Hal Crichton-Standish, Daria Impiombato, Alexandra Pascoe and Albert Zhang Sea state The Royal Australian Navy has unveiled the last of its three Hobart-class guided missile destroyers, HMAS Sydney. The other two...

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