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The Unintended Consequences of Saving Lives

Experiences with cruise missiles, MRAPs, and Iron Dome provide a warning about the F-35. When and why do defense officials choose to procure equipment specifically to reduce wartime casualties? As recounted at a recent...

Strike from the air: Syria 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...

Iraqi PM Appeals To US For More Air Raids, Weapons

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday for more air raids from Western warplanes and more arms to take on the Islamic State group. …read more Read...

Torture report: Emotion is poor basis for policy

[youtube:ijEED_iviTA] As we take in the appalling details of the newly released US Senate report on CIA torture, it is worth reflecting on Jeffrey Goldberg’s words that blame must go beyond government. The public...

West Papua killings cast doubt on Jokowi’s promises

Five West Papuans were killed when Indonesian military and police personnel shot into a protesting crowd on Monday, local media reported. Reports say the protesters were not separatist rebels, but community members angered by...

Bahrain basing deal: UK returns to east of Suez

They’re baaaaack… UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond used the Bahraini Government-funded Manama dialogue on the weekend to announce the signing of a Defence Agreement with the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is sometimes difficult to...

Christmas in Grozny

On December 4, hours before Putin was to give a defiant speech about Russia being surrounded by enemies and defeating any attempts to divide it, terrorists conducted an impeccably-timed and surprising attack in the...

Finland Begins Search For Industrial Owner For Patria

Finland is planning to find a new industrial partner for state-controlled defense group Patria after minority owner Airbus Group sold its 26.8 percent equity holding in the company back to the Finnish state. …read...

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...

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