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Category: Policy

US–China relations: great expectations

By Ron Huisken Towards the end of 2017, America’s official rhetoric on China changed so abruptly that the sensation was one of a dam bursting. The national security strategy issued in December 2017 and...

National security wrap

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard The beat Footage of police brutality leads to arrests in Hong Kong Amid accusations of police brutality linked to pro-democracy protests, two Hong Kong police officers...

Forgetting Palestine

By Shlomo Ben-Ami Israel is approaching another parliamentary election, and Palestinians have barely been mentioned. The vote comes at a time when the United States is pushing its poorly conceived economy-focused ‘Peace to Prosperity’...

Back to the Middle East, but at what cost?

By Malcolm Davis They say timing is everything. This week I’ve been devouring the United States Studies Centre’s excellent new report, Averting crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific. It...

U.S. Army: No Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans Yet

By Katie Bo Williams “We have not received any direction to do anything at this point,” says Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Defence projects and the economy

By Rob Bourke In response to Australia’s increasingly uncertain strategic outlook, there are now calls to boost defence spending well beyond the current target of 2% of GDP in what’s assumed to be a...

The opportunity for a wellbeing focus in the Pacific

By Luke Kiddle Internationally there has been increased focus on non-GDP indicators of progress, including wellbeing and happiness, both variously defined and measured. The OECD’s How’s life initiative, for example, uses a multidimensional model...

Are we preparing for the right kind of conflict?

By Tom Uren Hugh White’s latest book has stimulated a debate about the defence of Australia and the capabilities and shape of the Australian Defence Force. This is an important discussion to have, not...

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