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Category: Policy

AAR Looks To Expand in the Mideast

Global aerospace and defense contractor AAR is looking to expand its business in the Middle East after securing a deal with a subsidiary of United Arab Emirates giant Mubadala. …read more

Russians Beginning To Laugh At Putin

Staunton, November 18 – A leader, someone has said, can tolerate almost any attack, but he needs to worry if people begin to laugh at him. Russians have a long history of telling anecdotes...

Why “puberty” in NK remains inside the dictionary

In response to teenage rebelliousness and other behavioral changes distinctly different from childhood, people often say, “Uh oh, it must be puberty.” To most North Koreans, the word “puberty” exists only as a dictionary...

Japan’s very strange election

Japan goes to the polls on 14 December on a very odd pretext. Prime Minister Abe, in calling an election yesterday, justified dissolving the lower house only half way into his four-year term on...

Modi in Australia: An unprecedented level of engagement

Narendra Modi has just concluded his first visit to Australia, the first by any Indian prime minister in 28 years. Combined with Prime Minister Abbott’s visit to India in September and multilateral interactions at...

Region or world? Australia as a ‘top 20’ player

One of the most compelling passages in Thucydides’ detailed narrative of the Peloponnesian War doesn’t involve slaughter or killing. It comes instead when the ambassadors of Athens—the brilliant, cultural, democracy that has always been...

Adolescent Australia’s road to adulthood

In his new Lowy Institute Paper, Peter Hartcher is correct when he writes that Australia is an adolescent country. However, I believe the roots of our adolescent behaviour lie deep in the lack of...

Xi’s address to parliament: Muted coverage in China

As Kerry Brown noted yesterday, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech to the Australian parliament on Monday gave Australians plenty to talk about, and Australians (of a certain kind at least) have been busily dissecting...

Cyber wrap

President Xi Jinping spoke of ‘a bridge of mutual trust’ and ‘a vast ocean of goodwill’ in his address to the Australian Parliament, but on the cyber front, recent headlines have painted China in...

The Russians are coming. Not.

It’s always good to spend time in Indonesia immersing oneself in the local scene and receiving a different perspective on the world. I was there for two weeks—for both a defence technology exhibition and...

Defense Sector Wages

Interesting item on wages in Russia’s defense industrial sector in NG on November 11. Alina Terekhova reports average monthly pay in the OPK is 17 percent higher than the country as a whole. However,...

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