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Talking to Afghanistan

Talking to Afghanistan December 8, 2014 By Kamal Siddiqi The recent visit by army chief General Raheel Sharif to Afghanistan and the earlier visit by the incoming Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to Islamabad bodes...

Why Peter Thiel is wrong about monopolies

A few weeks ago Sam Roggeveen quoted PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who argued that competition is over-rated and monopoly would enhance innovation. We shouldn’t be surprised that business people are in favour of monopoly....

Documentary trailer: The Other Man

[youtube:RIt5-RuRGHE] This film, about the often overlooked contribution made by FW De Klerk to the abolition of Apartheid in South Africa, premiered at a Dutch film festival last month. Keep an eye on the...

US: a new Secretary of Defence, but does it matter?

When I heard the successor to Chuck Hagel as ‘Sec Def’ was going to be Ash Carter, I couldn’t help but be a little interested. Carter is a friend and former dissertation committee member...

Lowy Institute’s books of the year 2014, part 3

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 and 2. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas...

Pacific future politics

Inadvertently, Fiji has done Australia a favour in the diplomatic duel over what the South Pacific future should look like. Granted, you have to work hard to find positives in the arid argument that...

Pakistan Seeks To Prop Up Exports, Boost Industry

Pakistan aims to deepen existing partnerships, attract new partners and build equipment at home, despite economic instability and insecurity. …read more Read more here:: Defense News (Policy)

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