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Reader response: Pacific labour mobility

Graeme Dobell argues in his latest post that ‘the one thing the Islands want from Australia and New Zealand—labour mobility—is the one thing Australia and New Zealand won’t give’. He says that ‘If PACER...

NATO Ministers Boost Support For Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers approved fresh support for Ukraine and condemned Russia Tuesday for backing pro-Moscow rebels as the alliance signed off on its new training mission in Afghanistan. …read more Read more here:: Defense...

The startling inequality of Hong Kong

Old Lum’s price is HK$220 (US$28). His service is washing cars in the parking lots of Kowloon Tong, where his regular customers, Hong Kong’s old-money types, live and work. To see him in action...

Is L-3 “Ripe for a Spinoff”?

The largest defense contractors are conglomerates, and excessive conglomeration may not be helping the customers. Last month I argued that the rumored spinoff of Oshkosh’s military trucks business wouldn’t be good for either the...

Highlights video: Angela Merkel’s 2014 Lowy Lecture

[vimeo:113340984] The 2014 Lowy Lecture has been widely acknowledged in international press as signaling a turning point for German foreign policy: …the speech the German chancellor gave in Australia, a few days after Vladimir...

Forget the carrier option

Yes, it’s a good thing that the debate about the possibility of buying the F-35B has ‘opened up’. But that’s simply because it’s good to talk. Politics will prevent it from maturing beyond a...

Reports: Ash Carter Tapped as Next Defense Secretary

Ashton Carter, the former deputy defense secretary, will be nominated to be the next defense secretary to replace Chuck Hagel, sources have told CNN and The Associated Press. …read more Read more here:: Defense...

Why TSA’s PreCheck Screening Program Is a Bad Idea

Expedited airport screening for some doesn’t make the rest of the line move any faster, and chips away at a chance at real security reform. …read more Read more here:: Government Executive (Policy)

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