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Make PNG’s National Goals relevant again

By Patrick Kaiku The National Goals and Directive Principles (NGDPs) in the Preamble are prominent aspirational statements in the Papua New Guinean National Constitution. Yet, they are also the most neglected part of the...

Make PNG’s National Goals relevant again

By Patrick Kaiku The National Goals and Directive Principles (NGDPs) in the Preamble are prominent aspirational statements in the Papua New Guinean National Constitution. Yet, they are also the most neglected part of the...

The US needs to choose its battles carefully

By Rod Lyon We live in the eternal now—a condition which makes it difficult to recall even what happened last week. So readers will be forgiven for not recalling the fine detail of a...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state The UK Ministry of Defence has named Babcock International as the preferred bidder of a £1.25 billion (A$2.27 billion) contract to build five Type...

Antarctica: a cold, hard reality check

By Elizabeth Buchanan The Antarctic Treaty System is a consensus arrangement that has been in place for more than 50 years. It worked well in the 1960s, when nuclear weapons were seen as the...

Space 2060 and Australia

By Malcolm Davis The US Air Force Space Command has just released a thought-provoking report, The future of space 2060 and implications for US strategy. As the title suggests, it’s looking ahead to the...

Japan’s deepening diplomatic crisis with South Korea

By Lauren Richardson Japan’s relationship with South Korea is not amicable at the best of times. Yet in recent months it has entered a rapidly descending diplomatic spiral of unprecedented depth and scope. Mounting...

Carrots and sticks could help fight Amazon fires

By Richard N. Haass Nearly everyone has seen the dramatic images of the Amazon ablaze. Tens of thousands of fires—intentionally started or caused by logging, farming, mining and other human activities—have broken out over...

A PUF of Fresh Air? Pacific Urban Forum 2019

By Meg Keen and Luke Kiddle The Pacific Islands region is rapidly urbanising with mounting social and ecological pressures. To date, regional attention to this significant development challenge has been sporadic at best and...

A PUF of Fresh Air? Pacific Urban Forum 2019

By Meg Keen and Luke Kiddle The Pacific Islands region is rapidly urbanising with mounting social and ecological pressures. To date, regional attention to this significant development challenge has been sporadic at best and...

Brexit’s zany shredding of British grand strategy

By Graeme Dobell The Brexit poison in the British polity has also infected Europe. Britain is finished with Europe. Equally, Europe is finished with Britain. The angry British sentiment to get the thing done...

Mr Morrison goes to Washington

By Peter Jennings Prime Minister Scott Morrison is heading to Washington for an official visit and the rare privilege of a state dinner in the White House. According to the US announcement: ‘The visit...

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Malcolm Davis and Genevieve Feely The world It’s been a busy week for US President Donald Trump. He declared the peace negotiations with the Taliban ‘dead’ and said he would hit...

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