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Being a top 20 defence player

The Australian Institute for International Affairs ran a high-quality conference in Canberra yesterday around the theme of ‘Foreign Policy for a Top 20 Nation’. It’s an intriguing theme, obviously informed by the G20 leaders’...

India chooses Israel over U.S. for $525M missile deal

India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernize its aging military, official sources said Sunday. …read...

The US Marines and the pivot

This VICE News video of the 2014 RIMPAC exercise (the largest international maritime exercise in the world), held in June this year, is worth 14 minutes of your time. It includes (from 8:24) a...

Will China regress to the mean?

Fans of English Premier League soccer may be aware of the phenomenon known as the ‘Manager of the Month’ effect. According to that, a team’s performance tends to drop the month after its coach...

Turkey’s reluctant role in the battle for Kobane

Turkey appeared to take a step closer toward membership in the coalition against the Islamic State on 20 October. It agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and heavy weapons to transit through its...

Chinese aid in Fiji coming under new pressures

I was in Fiji last week to get an update on Chinese assistance to the country, as part of a larger project I’m doing mapping Chinese aid activities in the Pacific islands, to be...

Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections and the Far Right

On October 26, 2014, Ukrainians voted in the early parliamentary elections. Ukraine currently has a mixed electoral system (50% elected from party lists and 50% elected from constituencies or single-member districts) with a 5%...

Four ways to look at Jokowi’s new Cabinet

President Jokowi announced his first Cabinet on Sunday evening on the grounds of the State Palace, six days after his inauguration and four days after he scrubbed carefully orchestrated plans to unveil his selection...

Julia on attack and defence

Julia Gillard writes that she inherited ‘unrealistic’ defence settings from Kevin Rudd and hints faintly that she bequeathed the same to the Abbott government. Just as Gillard needed a new defence policy because of...

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