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Language matters: language and learning in Bima, Indonesia

By Naomi Fillmore and Wuri Handayani Indonesia is the most linguistically diverse nation in Asia, yet unfortunately its education system does not reflect this rich linguistic multiplicity. Indonesia’s constitution mandates Bahasa Indonesia as the...

The Taiwan Travel Act: a returning contest?

By Huong Le Thu and Michael Shoebridge While the 13th National People’s Congress in China earlier this month grabbed international attention—particularly the constitutional amendment eliminating presidential term limits—other important developments in cross-Straits relations also...

Much ado about Huawei (part 1)

By Elsa Kania Huawei has provoked recurrent concerns and generated nearly incessant controversy in recent news cycles. In the US, the potential for Huawei to dominate 5G network services was the implicit justification for...

The five-domains update

By Christopher Dixon, Jessica Clarence, Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson and Melissa Liberatore Sea state The Royal Navy has received HMS Forth, the first of five new offshore patrol vessels designed to beef up protection of UK...

We’re sidelining a major player in counterterrorism

By Don Williams and Anthony Bergin The Western Australian parliament’s Community Development and Justice Standing Committee is currently examining the protection of crowded places in WA from terrorist acts. The inquiry is yet another...

Timor-Leste remittances update

By Richard Curtain The surprise finding that remittances were Timor-Leste’s largest source of foreign revenue after oil and aid in 2017 is further confirmed by new data to hand, provided by the Labour Market...

Army Outlines Futures Command; Org Chart In Flux

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. AUSA GLOBAL FORCE SYMPOSIUM: Army Futures Command is meant to unify modernization efforts now scattered across the bureaucracy. But to create the new command, the Army must rip some...

NSC Readies Major Overhaul in US Arms Exports

By Paul McLeary The Trump Administration is putting the final touches on a plan to speed up arms sales to allies, and play catchup to China and Israel in selling armed drones. …read more...

The Counterterrorism Yearbook 2018

By Sofia Patel Three key factors defined the terrorist threat landscape in 2017: the international coalition’s military dismantling of Islamic State’s (IS) caliphate, and their return to a nebulous insurgency structure; increased IS activity...

Ai Wei Wei’s Human Flow: a review

By Stephen Howes The sheer length of Ai Wei Wei’s documentary on refugees and the global humanitarian crisis – 140 minutes – means that it is not for the faint-hearted. Human Flow is long...

Israel Edges To NATO As Turkey Pivots To Russia

By Arie Egozi For a while, Turkey and Israel were the unexpected couple, the increasingly Muslim state buying the Jewish state’s weapons and Israel offering Turkey a potentially strategic gas and oil pipeline. Today,...

Victoria Whiting

By nick.capeling Chief of General Staff (British Army) Visiting Fellow, International Security Department Biography Lieutenant Colonel Vicki Whiting is a serving member of the British Army. With experience in HR & finance, logistics, and...

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