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Category: Policy

The Next China Deal

IA Regnum military observer Leonid Nersisyan recently took a stab at preparing Russian public opinion for the eventual sale of S-400 SAMs and Su-35S fighters to China. A major arms deal with China should...

Rural wages in Asia: Good news to end the week

The Overseas Development Institute has a new report out on rural wages in Asia which is not exactly being overwhelmed with attention but which, as Oxfam’s Duncan Green argues, has momentous implications (my emphasis):...

ASPI suggests

On Monday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will hand over the keys to the world’s fourth most populous country and Southeast Asia’s largest state to the president-elect, Joko Widodo aka Jokowi. To find out what that...

ISIS and Iraq’s chemical weapons

A leading article in the New York Times on 14 October (The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons, by CJ Chivers) details how, on numerous occasions during the US occupation of Iraq between...

Graph of the week

The government’s offer of a 1.5% p.a. pay rise for each of the next three years in exchange for a reduction in leave entitlements and other allowances has been met with dismay. This is...

Good Barack, bad Bibi

When it comes to cutting a nuclear deal, Tehran has to be convinced that Iran will be punished if it reneges on a deal and rewarded if it complies. The solution to that problem...

Does Russian Liberalism Still ‘End at Ukraine’?

Staunton, October 16 – Since at least the time of the Russian Civil War, it has been common ground among many observers in Moscow and the West that Russian liberalism “ends at Ukraine,” a...

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