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Category: Policy

Doing business in 2014 – the Pacific falls behind

The World Bank recently released their Ease of Doing Business rankings for 2014, a ranking of 189 countries across 11 indicators to assess the ease of establishing and operating small and medium-sized businesses. The...

America’s next defence secretary: Fit for purpose

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Sheikhs v shale Fly Title: America’s next defence secretary Rubric: Ashton Carter is well-qualified to lead the Pentagon, if he is allowed to Main image: More hawkish than...

Politics this week

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Sheikhs v shale Israel’s parliament was dissolved and early elections called for March 17th, after the collapse of the governing coalition led by Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister....

Lowy Institute’s books of the year 2014, part 2

As we approach Christmas, we offer selections from Lowy Institute staff and board members, and from Interpreter contributors, for the best book they have read this year. Part 1 here. Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled...

Crowdsourcing the New New Thing?

DARPA’s Adaptive Vehicle Make program shows the measured promise of innovative approaches for engineering innovative armaments. Anyone up for designing a new swimming tank? For counterattacks against possible Chinese landings in that first island...

The Bay of Bengal: the scramble for connectivity

The Bay of Bengal has long been the poor cousin of the long Asian littoral. Thailand is often seen as one of the Asian ‘Tigers’, but Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka missed out on...

Afghanistan: the plot thickens

Last week, the New York Times reported that the post-2014 mission in Afghanistan is expanding, at least for US forces. The move ‘ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the...

NATO Agrees To Keep Military Channels Open With Russia

NATO said Wednesday it will keep military channels of communication with Russia open to avoid any misunderstandings over military activity, as the Ukraine crisis stokes tensions not seen since the Cold War. …read more...

Foreign Minister: Russia To Boost Military Ties With Sudan

Russia plans to strengthen its military ties with Khartoum, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday during a visit to internationally isolated and sanctions-hit Sudan. …read more Read more here:: Defense News (Policy)

Understanding the Thai monarchy

The sudden announcement, reported by Elliot Brennan on The Interpreter on Tuesday, that relatives of the Thai Crown Prince’s third wife have been stripped of their royally-conferred honorific titles because of links to a...

AFRICOM Chief: IS Group Has Training Camps In Libya

The Islamic State group, which overran large areas of Iraq and Syria, has set up training camps in eastern Libya and the American military is closely monitoring, a top US general said Wednesday. …read...

Report: China, Australia Agree To Boost Defense Ties

Beijing and Canberra have agreed to enhance military ties, Chinese state media reported, lauding defense relations between them even as Australia strengthens cooperation with the United States and Japan. …read more Read more here::...

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