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Hard Lessons from America’s Longest Wars

By James Kitfield This is one of two pieces by our contributor James Kitfield, who’s won more Gerald Ford Defense Reporting awards than anyone else (3), on the challenges and mistakes America has made...

How far do the tentacles of China’s censorship reach?

By Fergus Hanson Foreign government efforts to undermine Australian democracy have been making headlines in the past few weeks, but we’re missing things. In announcing new legislation to ban foreign political donations, Prime Minister...

Trump’s Jerusalem rationale and its consequences

By Richard N. Haass It is 50 years since the Six-Day War—the June 1967 conflict that, as much as any other event, continues to define the Israeli–Palestinian impasse. After the fighting was over, Israel...

National security wrap

By Jacqueline Westermann, Jack Viola and Harley Comrie The beat Drugs in flames The Pakistani Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) held its 2017 drug-burning ceremony in Islamabad. In the presence of national officials and international representatives...

US third offset (part 2): opportunities for Australia

By Brendan Thomas-Noone As I outlined in part 1, America and, by extension, Australia are losing their military-technological edge in the Indo-Pacific. A new type of great-power competition is emerging throughout the region—one that...

Bringing people into Pacific policy

By Potoae Roberts Aiafi Public policy is about how governments attempt to address national, public or societal problems. It ultimately refers to the ability (or inability) of governments to penetrate society and bring about...

Xi unbound

By Minxin Pei China has defied expectations yet again. President Xi Jinping, the chief of the Chinese Communist Party, was widely expected to face his toughest test so far in October, when the CCP...

Do you celebrate Christmas in Egypt? – Aya Faissal

By Quilliam Admin Do you celebrate Christmas in Egypt? “Do you celebrate Christmas?”- a question I have been asked every year, even by the same person! Since I moved to London five years ago,...

DPRK: ready to talk, but who’s listening?

By Ron Huisken On 29 November, after a 10-week hiatus, North Korea conducted another missile test. It was a new vehicle, the biggest yet seen, and it performed flawlessly, demonstrating that it could probably...

Trump, Jerusalem and the end time

By Mike Scrafton The US has been pregnant with recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital at least since 1995, when Congress endorsed the position that ‘since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the...

What can we expect from Indonesia’s new defence chief?

By Evan Laksmana Last weekend, Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto became the new Indonesian military (TNI) commander. It was one of the fastest confirmation processes in recent memory—Tjahjanto was nominated by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo...

The virtual meets reality

By John Coyne For outsiders, even governments, e-diasporas are a new and much-needed channel for communication with migrant groups and their nations of origin. E-diasporas present risks and opportunities for migration management, workforce planning,...

Talking to the chiefs: Andrew Colvin (part 1)

By Brendan Nicholson A revolution is needed in how the Australian Federal Police fights crime as increasingly tech-savvy criminals and terrorists outstrip the skills of law enforcement agencies, says the force’s commissioner, Andrew Colvin....

Press Release – NEW QUILLIAM REPORT ON ‘GROOMING GANGS’

By Murshed Madaser 12/12/2017 A new report by Quilliam International has found an alarming level of over-representation of (South) Asian men in group-based child sexual exploitation crimes, otherwise known as ‘grooming gangs’. In light...

Bad Idea: Armed Drones in West Africa

By Alice Hunt Friend We’re partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. We don’t usually pay much attention to...

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