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Category: Policy

Will Rosneft Boost Russian Naval Construction?

By Russian Defense Policy Zvezda complex in Bolshoy Kamen This image shows the naval shipyard at top with its grayish roof, launch basin in front, and a submarine in drydock alongside if you look...

Manus maketh man

By James Goldrick The Admiralty Islands lie to the north of New Guinea and are part of Papua New Guinea. The largest island, Manus, possesses a vast deep-water anchorage in Seeadler Harbour, whose position...

Manus maketh man

By James Goldrick The Admiralty Islands lie to the north of New Guinea and are part of Papua New Guinea. The largest island, Manus, possesses a vast deep-water anchorage in Seeadler Harbour, whose position...

The five-domains update

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok and Georgia Grice Sea state The Japanese submarine Kuroshio, helicopter carrier Kaga and destroyers Izanuma and Suzutsuki participated in an anti-submarine exercise in the South China Sea...

The case against climate despair

By Carl Bildt Heat waves and extreme-weather events across the Northern Hemisphere this summer have brought climate change back to the forefront of public debate. Early analyses strongly suggest that natural disasters such as...

White House & Pentagon Warn Russia, Iran on Syria

By Paul McLeary U.S. troops in Syria aren’t going anywhere until Iran leaves the country, a senior Trump administration said Monday as Russia deploys an advanced air defense system that puts U.S. and Israeli...

Hacking for ca$h

By Fergus Hanson In 2015 then-US President Barack Obama metaphorically arm-wrestled Chinese President Xi Jinping into agreeing to stop engaging in commercial cyber espionage. Since then, China has made a similar pact with G20...

Mr. President, Leave Syria

By Doug Macgregor No one knows precisely what happened inside the White House that resulted in President Trump’s sudden about-face on Syria. One day he was planning to extricate American ground troops from Syria;...

Trump Signals an Openness to Talks with Iran

By Andrew Kragie, The Atlantic Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley appeared on Sunday morning’s news shows and took a hardline on Iran, but said the president would react favorably...

Going nuclear: would US submarines be a cheaper option?

By Marcus Hellyer The conversation about acquiring nuclear-powered submarines continues to bubble along. Some commentators who previously supported acquiring conventional submarines to replace the current Collins class, such as former prime minister Tony Abbott,...

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?*

By John Coyne and Rebecca Moore Amid the turmoil of the Liberal leadership spill, and its ripple effects, the government introduced its controversial draft laws to give police the power to demand identification from...

Fortnightly links: 28 September

By Sachini Muller and Terence Wood Tina Rosenberg writes – brilliantly – for The Guardian on the business of voluntourism, with great anecdotal evidence as well as a clear explanation of the issues. There’s...

Israel chooses identity over democracy

By Shlomo Ben-Ami Israel’s new ‘nation-state law’ asserts that ‘the right [to exercise] national self-determination’ in the country is ‘unique to the Jewish people’, sets Hebrew as the country’s official language, and establishes ‘Jewish...

Tonga’s tobacco taxes

By Sutayut Osornprasop All four major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory diseases – in Tonga are on the rise. According to the latest WHO data, NCDs accounted for four...

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