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ISIS, ISIL, IS and Da’esh: Sticks and stones

An IS fighter in the town of Kobani, 7 October. (REUTERS.) With the air campaign appearing to have little effect on Islamic State (IS) so far, it seems the US-led coalition is switching to...

Reader response: Looking south…

Anthony Press, as head inquirer of the recently released 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan, provides a useful snapshot of, and context behind, this important document in his contribution to The Strategist. At its...

Fears for Kobane as Obama Meets Coalition Commanders

US-led aircraft will continue bombing near the Syrian town of Kobane and in western Iraq, President Barack Obama said Tuesday after talks with military leaders from an international coalition fighting the Islamic State group....

Islamic State Takes Former FOB in Anbar

Islamic State has now taken over the Iraqi military outpost on the outskirts of Hit, a former forward operating base (FOB) which previously housed the US military in Anbar province. Despite US-led airstrikes, Iraqi...

North Korean Leader Reappears in Public – With Cane

With that unique haircut, and familiar wide smile, North Korea’s young dictator resurfaced Tuesday in the traditional style of his tightly controlled nation: state media reports that showed Kim Jong Un offering ‘field guidance,’...

Two perplexities in Kim Jong-un’s reappearance

In North Korea’s propaganda conduct, a photograph of Kim is not just a photograph. Publicized images of Kim in particular are the product of a scripted choreography process and consequent selection and vetting procedures....

Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Jeffrey Lewis comes on the show to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. We cover many arms control issues related to the ongoing negotiations. We Don’t Want to See Iran’s Full Monty – Foreign Policy The...

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