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US midterms: A system badly in need of reform

As is customary, today’s US midterm elections have been construed as a vote on the incumbent president’s record as much as it is a judgment on those senators, house representatives and governors actually facing...

A Phalanx of Pashto-Speaking Armed Intellectuals

What makes us think our militaries have the human and organizational capital for counterinsurgency? “Counterinsurgency,” John Nagl commented the other day “Learning to Drink Beer through a Straw” can’t be dead as long as...

Different perspectives

In his recent ASPI paper Peter Leahy provides a bracing warning—that we may be fighting radical Islam for 100 years. Lieutenant General Leahy points out not only the global nature of this threat, but...

Saudi, France Seal $3B Weapons Deal For Lebanon Army

Saudi Arabia and France sealed an agreement Tuesday for Riyadh to finance the delivery of $3 billion worth of French weapons to the Lebanese army, which has come under mounting jihadist attack. …read more

Australia’s provincial reflex

‘The provincial reflex’, Peter Hartcher’s coinage in The Adolescent Country, a Lowy Institute Paper released today, is a neat way of describing the chronic parochialism that has infected Australia public life for much of...

SEALs Reminded Not To Seek Fame or Money

The head of US Naval Special Warfare Command and its senior enlisted sailor have reminded SEALs and other special operators to stay out of the limelight. …read more

The case for Pacific Island regionalism

A few months ago I stood on a beach in Tarawa, the most populous of islands comprising the Micronesian nation of Kiribati. It’s long and thin sliver of land where you can walk from...

Inside the Machiavellian Sudanese Foreign Policy

Unnoticed by the mainstream medias, a recent leaked minutes (last English translation, original document in Arabic available here) from a secret meeting between high-level security and military Sudanese officers offer insight into the different...

The costs of cutting steel

In 2013, the early replacement of the Anzac frigates was proposed as a way to bridge the shipbuilding ‘valley of death’. The idea was to continue building AWD hulls and equip them with a...

Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent?

November 3, 2014 – Today the Ukrainian news website GORDON ran an interview with the Russian businessman and sometime politician Konstantin Borovoy. A harsh critic of Vladimir Putin — he recently said Russia’s president...

UK to Sign Deals to Help Improve Acquisition Performance

Deals to improve key recruitment and project management skills at Britain’sdefense procurement and support agency have been signed with three major private-sector companies, the government announced Tuesday. …read more

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