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Turkey sets its G20 agenda for 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has spoken, and Turkey will steer its own course on the G20 in 2015. Delivering the closing address in the two-day G20 Brisbane Pre-Summit conference, Davutoglu has left no...

Russia is back in the Pacific

The Russian Navy is getting closer to Australia than we’re used to, and beyond the bluster of ‘shirtfronting’ we don’t seem to have a coherent policy response to a more active Russia in our...

ASPI suggests

CSIS has just released its 2015 Global Forecast which examines the crises and opportunities likely to arise in the year ahead. But you’ll have to flick past chapters on Putin’s new Russia and US...

How important is the US-China climate deal?

There’s a lot of talk in the media about how groundbreaking and ambitious the US-China climate deal is, but is that true? Here’s how American economist Tyler Cowen (a conservative, but a mainstream figure...

Beyond the Boom: A response to Jonathan Pincus

In a paper published recently on the Minerals Council of Australia website, Adelaide-based economist Jonathan Pincus takes issue with some of the calculations I make in my Lowy Institute Paper Beyond the Boom. He...

Gender equality in the ADF: Morrison’s approach

A sudden hush came over the audience. The army commander, Lieutenant General David Morrison, had been addressing a packed amphitheatre at the ANU’s National Security College. His topic? Gender equality (not, note, equity) and...

Where have the relics in Kaesong gone?

Incense burner from Koryo, ca. 12th century; National Treasure No. 95 of South Korea. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Kaesong, North Korea is widely known today for the industrial complex built in 2002. But for...

‘Luxleaks’ will refocus the G20 on tax reform

[youtube:y8OgkjcW0g4] The G20 started in 1999 as a somewhat technical grouping of finance ministers and central bankers. That all changed with the Global Financial Crisis which turned it into a virtual ‘global government’ comprising...

Minimum Sustainment Acquisition

The Pentagon needs a lighter touch with low-volume vendors. Last week, in an essay on how software costs are eating the war effort, we wrote about a “bold industrial strategy” proposed by Atlantic Council...

Elections, and the state Solomon Islands is in

The roads into the hillside suburbs behind Honiara are criss-crossed by small valleys: potholes that have outgrown themselves, small rivers when it rains. They are deep and need careful navigation. As we angled our...

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