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Mazher Mahmood, Murdoch, and the NCA

‘Why don’t the police chase proper criminals instead?’ ‘They should be out catching paedos and looking at dodgy blue chip firms not journalists just doing their job’ Paraphrasing an often heard criticism, the view...

Burkina Faso: a crisis foretold

The rapidity with which the political crisis in Burkina Faso is unfolding is unprecedented for a nation that has enjoyed relative stability since independence. Although the scale of last week’s violent protests was unforeseen,...

An Appeal for BRAC to the GOP Majority

It’s time to look tough on the deficit and tough on defense. With the mid-term elections behind us, but Halloween in fresh memory, it’s time to ask again about BRAC—the Base Closure and Realignment...

Trading with Moscow: the law, the politics and the economics

On 12 September, a purportedly technical meeting between Ukrainian, EU and Russian trade officials produced an outcome which took many by surprise: a delay in the application of the free trade provisions of the...

Project on Nuclear Issues

The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) 2013 conference series included events at Northrop Grumman in May, Sandia National Laboratory in July, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in December, before concluding with...

PacNet #77 – Xi-Abe: Will They or Won’t They?

The guessing game continues as to whether there will be a meaningful discussion between Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and Chinese President Xi Jinping along the sidelines of next week’s APEC Leaders Meeting in...

The geopolitical costs of Europe’s stagnation

As a tenuous ceasefire crumbles in Ukraine, there have been expectations that the region’s most serious security crisis since the Cold War would inspire political solidarity across Europe. Yet these hopes not only remain...

ASPI suggests

Why isn’t the Pentagon using supply drones to move medical goods in the fight against Ebola? Over at Defense One, Michael Auerbach argues that US military-grade drones could and should be deployed as part...

Documentary trailer: A Farewell Song

[vimeo:110980949] Synopsis: Since 1949, China’s orchestras have been controlled and funded by the government. In the 1990s, state backing was slowly withdrawn and many orchestras closed. Luo Shoucheng, Tu Weigang, Weng Zhenfa and Chen...

Foreign aid, geopolitics and perverse incentives

It’s a fair bet that the Republic of Somaliland isn’t well known to most Australians. That’s a pity, because it’s certainly an instructive case. Born in a separatist struggle against Mogadishu, the little statelet...

Peter Hartcher’s misplaced optimism

As power shifts in Asia, Australia faces big new foreign policy challenges. Getting them right is vital to Australia’s future security and prosperity. But the way we do foreign policy in Australia these days...

Lunch with the Minutemen of Cyber

Is Internet conflict NATO’s next defense-industrial agenda, or just a matter for industry? “Where [was] the industrial agenda for the NATO Summit?” Hugo Rosemount of Defense One asked after Wales. Successful industrial engagement has...

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