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Ukraine Live Day 295: ‘Day of Silence’

Yesterday’s live coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please...

The Customer Is Not Always Right

At a point, customer closeness becomes “the worst thing possible” for a 21st-century defense business. At what point does acting and thinking like your customer pass the point of marginal value in defense contracting?...

Underestimating Risk in the Surveillance Debate

Americans are reluctant to accept terrorism is part of their daily lives, but attacks have been planned or attempted against American targets (usually airliners or urban areas) almost every year since 9/11. Europe faces...

Zhou Yongkang case won’t shake China’s foundations

Last weekend, Chinese media announced that former security chief and oil baron Zhou Yongkang (pictured) has been expelled from the Communist Party and now awaits trial. As the highest-level person to have been affected...

Lowy Institute’s books of the year 2014, part 4

As we approach Christmas, we offer selections from Lowy Institute staff and Interpreter contributors for the best book they have read this year. Part 1, 2 and 3. July Crisis: The World’s Descent into...

Strike from the air: Iraq after the first 100 days

Below is an extract from ASPI’s forthcoming publication Strike from the air: the first 100 days of the campaign against ISIL. Click here to register for the publication’s free launch event. The international coalition...

A puzzling, piddling aid cut: Australian funding for UNEP

Now, shortly after announcing a zero contribution to the UN’s Green Climate Fund (citing unidentified bilateral climate change assistance programs as sufficient), the government has cut funding to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)....

Yes, there is an Asian space race

The term ‘space race’ entered our lexicon in the 1960s to describe the competitive nature of the space programs of the US and the Soviet Union, who were not the world’s only space powers...

The British military presence in the Persian Gulf

The British Defence Secretary’s announcement of plans to develop a naval base at Bahrain may be confirmation that the United Kingdom’s policy as to the nature and extent of its overseas defence commitments is...

Cyber review: deeds, not words

My ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) colleagues have been quick off the mark in response to the Prime Minister’s recent announcement of the review into Australian Cyber Security. They warn against a ‘cautious...

Stiglitz on the Chinese century: False reassurance

Given the recent turmoil at The New Republic, which so richly symbolises the tumult in serious journalism (if you’ve missed this story, try Andrew Sullivan’s coverage for a passionate and not-at-all balanced take), maybe...

Stiglitz on the Chinese century: False reassurance

Given the recent turmoil at The New Republic, which so richly symbolises the tumult in serious journalism (if you’ve missed this story, try Andrew Sullivan’s coverage for a passionate and not-at-all balanced take), maybe...

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