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Category: Policy

The US & China: A Colder Peace or Thucydides’ Trap?

By James Kitfield As President Trump pushes Beijing on trade and cyber espionage, the United States and China are on a collision course. The U.S. urgently needs a new strategy to avoid the traditional...

How democracy is won

By Anwar Ibrahim It is perhaps indicative of our times that the peaceful transition of power by means of a democratic election is a candidate for ‘disruption of the year’. The outcome of the...

Accessing justice: police responses to domestic violence

By Michelle Nayahamui Rooney, Miranda Forsyth, Mary Aisi and Dora Kuir-Ayius This is the final blog presenting the findings of a research project exploring the impact of family and sexual violence (FSV) on families...

The regional factors bringing Turkey and Iran together

By Mohammed Ayoob US President Donald Trump’s policy of putting economic pressure on Iran to force regime change by inciting a domestic revolt seems to be failing. There is little doubt that renewed sanctions...

How American poverty became ‘fake news’

By Angus Deaton Under the administration of the incontinently mendacious President Donald J. Trump, everyone should worry about the integrity of America’s official statistics. They should worry about much more under Trump, particularly the...

The five-domains update

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok and Georgia Grice Sea state Amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow, the US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell conducted a freedom-of-navigation exercise near the disputed Peter...

Nine Years (A Million Views)

By Russian Defense Policy Dear Reader, Nine years ago I started writing these pages. It’s 936 posts and almost a million views later. Not huge numbers but this is something of a niche. I...

Nine Years (A Million Views)

By Russian Defense Policy Dear Reader, Nine years ago I started writing these pages. It’s 936 posts and almost a million views later. Not huge numbers but this is something of a niche. I...

Norwegian frigate sinking has far-reaching implications

By Sam Bateman In an incident that has attracted relatively little media attention in Australia, the modern 5,300-ton Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad sank in a Norwegian fjord after a collision with the large...

Anticipating the 2019 Solomon Islands elections

By Julien Barbara and Terence Wood Solomon Islands is expected to hold national elections in March 2019, the first since the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in June 2017....

Sci-Fi Acquisition: The Wrath Of Mid-Tier Krog

By Dan Ward Want to know the next great ideas in acquisition? Ya gotta read Breaking Defense, baby. Between Bill Greenwalt’s seminal op-eds that led to Sen. John McCain’s groundbreaking acquisition laws, we’ve also...

Massacre a sign of increased trouble in Papua

By John McBeth The Indonesian government’s long and difficult task of developing Papua just got a lot harder after Free Papua Movement (OPM) rebels slaughtered at least 16 construction workers who were building a...

Privatising visa processing is the only practical option

By John Coyne In May 2016, the Turnbull government announced plans to overhaul and automate Australia’s visa-processing system. The initiative involves creating a new digital platform using artificial intelligence and big data technologies. The...

The future of police command

By Simon O’Rourke Critical incidents, such as the 2014 Lindt Cafe siege in Sydney, evolve rapidly, are inherently ambiguous and may be challenging to define. When they include significant novel aspects (in their scale,...

When night becomes day: F-35s join the RAAF

By Brendan Nicholson The arrival today of the first two operational joint strike fighters will strengthen the deterrent effect of the whole Australian Defence Force, says Air Marshal Leo Davies. The Royal Australian Air...

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