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Sexual Violence in Conflict: What Use is the Law?

23 Jan Invitation Only Research Event Sexual Violence in Conflict: What Use is the Law? 23 Jan 2015 – 09:30 to 11:30 Chatham House, London International Law Programme, International Security Department Download Results Overview...

Investigathon – A Fresh Look at Libel Insurance

On November 12th 2014 Google Ideas, Google For Media, and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) ran the Investigathon New York, a day long event looking investigation tools and techniques that included...

Does provincialism matter?

Peter Hartcher’s The Adolescent Country is centred on the claim that Australia suffers from a provincial reflex that demotes international affairs to a subset of domestic politics and prevents our leaders from embracing a...

AWD: time for Plan B

Yesterday the government made two announcements about naval shipbuilding. The first was its plan to fix the ailing Air Warfare Destroyer program. What emerged wasn’t the approach foreshadowed in the press a few months...

Cyber wrap

It’s been a busy week in cyber for ASPI with two publications calling for enhanced cyber cooperation under the auspices of the US–Australia alliance. In the first, Preserving the Knowledge Edge, Stephan Frühling, James...

CIA torture report: Where to from here?

The landmark five-year, US$40 million Senate investigation of the official US torture regime at the height of the War on Terror elicits something that might be described as a horrifying sense of familiarity. While...

Human Rights Day isn’t what it used to be

Former foreign ministers Bob Carr, Kevin Rudd, Stephen Smith and Alexander Downer have little in common—except that every Human Rights Day, which is today, one of them would announce the list of successful applicants...

The Unintended Consequences of Saving Lives

Experiences with cruise missiles, MRAPs, and Iron Dome provide a warning about the F-35. When and why do defense officials choose to procure equipment specifically to reduce wartime casualties? As recounted at a recent...

Strike from the air: Syria after the first 100 days

Below is an extract from ASPI’s forthcoming publication Strike from the air: the first 100 days of the campaign against ISIL. Click here to register for the publication’s free launch event. The international coalition...

Iraqi PM Appeals To US For More Air Raids, Weapons

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday for more air raids from Western warplanes and more arms to take on the Islamic State group. …read more Read...

Torture report: Emotion is poor basis for policy

[youtube:ijEED_iviTA] As we take in the appalling details of the newly released US Senate report on CIA torture, it is worth reflecting on Jeffrey Goldberg’s words that blame must go beyond government. The public...

West Papua killings cast doubt on Jokowi’s promises

Five West Papuans were killed when Indonesian military and police personnel shot into a protesting crowd on Monday, local media reported. Reports say the protesters were not separatist rebels, but community members angered by...

Bahrain basing deal: UK returns to east of Suez

They’re baaaaack… UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond used the Bahraini Government-funded Manama dialogue on the weekend to announce the signing of a Defence Agreement with the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is sometimes difficult to...

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