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The Afghanistan conundrum

By Amin Saikal In January 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani publicly admitted that without American support, his government and the Afghan National Army couldn’t last very long. That remains the case today: the government...

Taking on Tehran

By Richard N. Haass US President Donald Trump’s administration has singled out Iran—even more than Russia, China or North Korea—with sustained pressure over the past two and a half years. The United States has...

ASEAN peers, picks and pokes at the Indo-Pacific

By Graeme Dobell The term ‘Indo-Pacific’ reflects and frames surging strategic rivalry in the place we call ‘the region’. The Indo-Pacific becomes a controversial label attached to a power contest. As with any construct—political,...

Military Academy Instructor Arrested in Bombing

By Russian Defense Policy Rifat Zakirov Zakirov was injured in the blast and couldn’t be questioned for nearly a month. Military investigators say he had TNT and bomb components taken as war trophies, and...

Military Academy Instructor Arrested in Bombing

By Russian Defense Policy Rifat Zakirov Zakirov was injured in the blast and couldn’t be questioned for nearly a month. Military investigators say he had TNT and bomb components taken as war trophies, and...

Military Academy Instructor Arrested in Bombing

By Russian Defense Policy Rifat Zakirov Zakirov was injured in the blast and couldn’t be questioned for nearly a month. Military investigators say he had TNT and bomb components taken as war trophies, and...

What explains PNG’s 2018 revenue boom?

By Rohan Fox PNG’s 2018 Final Budget Outcome, released in April, shows that government revenue increased sharply last year. Not taking into account donor grants, revenues increased by 21.5%, which, after inflation, is the...

ADF chief: West faces a new threat from ‘political warfare’

By Brendan Nicholson Western democracies risk being outmanoeuvred by totalitarian powers unrestrained by rules and willing to use information campaigns, cyber operations, theft of intellectual property, coercion and propaganda to weaken them, Australia’s Defence...

ASPI suggests

By Jack Norton, Aakriti Bachhawat and James Brorson The world The people of Hong Kong are waging a strong protest against a proposed law that would allow them to be extradited to mainland China....

Trump’s elusive border wall

By Clive Williams President Donald Trump’s latest ploy to garner funding for a border wall between the US and Mexico was to try to impose a minimum 5% tariff on Mexican imports from 10...

China is courting disaster in Hong Kong

By Minxin Pei The world has been riveted by the protests raging in Hong Kong against the city government’s proposed law to allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. About one million...

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