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Remembering the miracle of 1989

By Carl Bildt This month marks 30 years since Europe—and human civilisation generally—began to undergo a miraculous transformation that is now etched in the world’s memory. By the summer of 1989, the Soviet Union...

Ethical AI for Defence

By Marcus Hellyer The public discourse on artificial intelligence in the military context tends to get messy very quickly. There seems to be an AI variant of Godwin’s law (which holds that as any...

Trying times in Tuvalu

By Stefan Armbruster and Tess Newton Cain “Save Tuvalu, save the world” sang school children as they greeted the Pacific’s leaders on arrival to what became a showdown pitting the region against Australia. This...

Soft power’s hard edge

By Dom Dwyer I’ve just returned from the frontline of Australia’s soft power engagement in Asia. The New Colombo Plan that provided this opportunity is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade...

A new Australian way of war

By Graeme Dobell Australia’s traditional way of war is to send expeditionary forces abroad to fight in a coalition—to secure the continent by fighting far from it. For more than a century, a central...

Kiribati to graduate LDC status ‘with momentum’

By James Webb This series has been about Kiribati’s graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status. So far, I have discussed the criteria for graduation, how Kiribati compares to LDC peers, what potential graduation...

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Jack Norton and Malcolm Davis The world To launch this week’s Suggests we take you into space which is becoming an increasingly contested domain. A report by ASPI’s Malcolm Davis examines...

Hastie’s right: it’s time to protect ourselves

By Ross Babbage Andrew Hastie’s warning that an intellectual failure to accept that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s vision for the world will test our democratic values, economy, alliances and security as never before is...

India’s actions in Kashmir (part 1): How did we get here?

By Aakriti Bachhawat India announced the abrogation of certain provisions of Article 370 from its constitution last week, ending the special status enjoyed by Indian-administered Jammu anad Kashmir. India also decided to split the...

Amazon’s Online Bezos Brigade Unleashed On Twitter

By Aric Toler On August 14, a Twitter thread that included a small army of “Amazon FC Ambassadors” went viral, bringing to light Amazon’s year-long social media brand ambassador program. What exactly are these...

The End of the Dan Coats Era

By Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic Whoever takes over from Coats permanently could serve as a needed voice of clarity about America’s biggest challenges—or see the intelligence community further sidelined. …read more From:: Government Executive...

Poor governance in the Pacific: the forgotten issue

By Stephen Howes There was a time when the Australia lectured the Pacific. John Howard said in 2004 that Australia had a “special responsibility” to help the Pacific but that we sought “reforms and...

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