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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 In the 1990s, state backing was slowly withdrawn and many orchestras closed.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...

A sentence to ponder

Russia, probably for the first time since the early 1800s, has gone through a quarter of a century without leaving any trace on the international world of arts, literature, philosophy or science. This from...

US and allies outgunned in South China Sea

Three books published this year contemplate Asia’s most vexing problem. Taken together, they provide a thorough understanding of the contest in the South China Sea. Still, they leave the reader with one large puzzle....

Navy’s LCS Tests Counter-Mine, Anti-Submarine Technology

The Littoral Combat Ship recently searched for submarines and sailed through a dummy mine-field off the coast of San Diego, Calif., to assess whether the vessel’s anti-submarine and mine-countermeasure technologies could find enemy submarines...

NATO Chief Vows Afghan Support as Combat Mission Ends

NATO’s new chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged Thursday that Afghanistan would not be abandoned when the alliance’s combat mission ends next month after 13 years of fighting against resilient Taliban insurgents. …read more

Officials: US Could Delay Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

US commanders are weighing a delay in the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after the country’s protracted election set back preparations for the transition, Washington defense officials said Wednesday. …read more

When Gough didn’t ‘crash through or crash’

Here’s a question for readers of The Strategist who’ve been fascinated by the last fortnight of reflections on Gough Whitlam’s legacy. What’s the major area of policy, front and centre in today’s political debate,...

Problems with the Pacific Index

The Pacific Islands region faces complex, and in some instances unique, development challenges. The small size of most of the island states, long distance to major regional markets, bilateral engagement from only a handful...

Contract Euphoria

Vadim Koval offered words of caution and perspective on contract service in an October 31 NVO op-ed. Until 2012 or so, the retired colonel was the official spokesman for the RVSN. Koval suggests you...

Presentation of YES 2014 in Vienna

Hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the European Union Institute for Security Studies presented its Yearbook of European of European Security 2014 (YES) on 6 November in the Austrian capital. Following introductory remarks...

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