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Bellingcat Podcast: MH17, Episode 2 Guide: A Pack of Lies

By Bellingcat Podcast You can listen to the second episode of the Bellingcat Podcast on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) by subscribing on any major podcast application by searching “Bellingcat”, including...

Australia and Indonesia: an enduring partnership

By Linda Reynolds Indonesia’s defence minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, was one of my first phone calls after becoming minister for defence—a call that made me feel incredibly positive and encouraged. Minister Ryamizard’s commitment to Indonesia...

America needs to talk about China

By Minxin Pei Of all the changes in US foreign policy that President Donald Trump’s administration has made, the most consequential is the adoption of a confrontational stance towards China. Replacing a decades-old policy...

Cybersecurity by Design in Civil Nuclear Power Plants

By lyndsey.jefferson 24 July 2019 Cyberattacks are increasingly challenging critical national infrastructure. This paper considers the security by design approach for civil nuclear power plants and analyses areas of risk and opportunities for the...

Flying the PNG flag in Canberra

By Michelle Nayahamui Rooney On Sunday 22 July 2019 the Papua New Guinean community in Canberra were treated to a poignant and powerful informal gathering with the visiting Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister,...

Why Thailand stuck with a military government

By James Wise Last week, a new Thai government, which had been in the making since the 24 March election, swore an oath of allegiance to King Vajiralongkorn. The new government looks a lot...

The five-domains update

By Rhys De Wilde, Luke Courtois, Mali Walker and Genevieve Feely Sea state As tensions between the West and Iran escalate in the Strait of Hormuz, the Royal Navy has sent a nuclear submarine...

The U.S.’s Toxic Agent Orange Legacy

By Charles Dunst, The Atlantic Washington has admitted to the long-lasting effects of dioxin use in Vietnam, but has largely sidestepped the issue in neighboring Cambodia and Laos. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

‘Sociable’ nuclear proliferation

By Rod Lyon In recent weeks a lively debate has swirled around Hugh White’s canvassing of a possible indigenous nuclear-weapon program in Australia’s future—or, more accurately, in that version of Australia’s future where the...

No economic peace for Palestinians

By Shlomo Ben-Ami Last month, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, unveiled an ambitious plan to strengthen the Palestinian economy, in the hopes that billions of dollars in investment will...

GoFundMe: The Lyubanka Files: The Textbooks for Putin’s Spies

By Interpreter Staff The Interpreter is launching a new GoFundMe page to support the translation, analysis and presentation of never-before-published KGB training manuals spanning multiple decades. …read more From:: The Interpreter – Institute of...

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