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Category: Policy

Movie trailer: Diplomacy

[youtube:rO6jcH5khvE] Diplomacy is a French-German picture about Hitler’s order that Paris be destroyed before it is retaken by the allies. It centres on the intense discussions between the German general who has to give...

Misinterpreting China’s nuclear posture

In this debate, both Thomas Mahnken and Elbridge Colby argue that a secure sea-based second-strike capability might embolden China to pursue a more aggressive foreign policy. Their arguments are based on an article by...

Reopening past grievances in New Caledonia

A request for UN mediation, and the discord evident at the Committee of Noumea Accord Signatories on 4 October, show that old wounds are reopening in New Caledonia as pro-France and pro-independence groups stake...

Whitlam on the world stage: Courage, vision and wit

Gough Whitlam with the author in Manila, 1973. Gough Whitlam had political courage and a vision for Australia. A forward-looking, pragmatic realist, he sought to reshape Australia’s approach to the countries of North and...

Land-based strike capability: a force multiplier for the ADF?

Jan Gleiman and Harry White’s latest post argues that regional militaries should consider land-based anti-ship missiles within their modernisation programs. That discussion’s both timely and relevant. And, indeed, the Australian Army has recently been...

Should an End to Urgency Mean an End to Effectiveness?

In defense acquisitions, privileges reserved for urgent needs should be extended to a broader set of systems. A sense of urgency can bring out the best in us; the US Defense Department’s acquisitions community...

Whitlam’s visionary leadership on Indonesia

As commentators rightly eulogise Gough Whitlam’s foreign policy achievements, most of the attention has focused on his grand outreach to communist China and the independence of Papua New Guinea. These two acts were conspicuous...

Countering Violent Extremism

Humera Khan comes on the show to discuss countering violent extremism (CVE) and de-radicalisation. We talked about CVE strategies, how CVE differs from counter-terrorism, the role of social media in CVE, and much more....

Being a top 20 defence player

The Australian Institute for International Affairs ran a high-quality conference in Canberra yesterday around the theme of ‘Foreign Policy for a Top 20 Nation’. It’s an intriguing theme, obviously informed by the G20 leaders’...

India chooses Israel over U.S. for $525M missile deal

India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernize its aging military, official sources said Sunday. …read...

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