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Will Budget Crunch Pentagon Laser & Space Investments?

By Paul McLeary Despite increasing uncertainty over President Trump’s surprise proposal to cut $33 billion from defense, the Pentagon’s R&D chief says he’s confident more cash will be pumped into laser weapons and new...

Green growth and the blue-green economy in the Pacific islands

By Matthew Dornan, Tess Newton Cain, Wesley Morgan and Sandra Tarte The term “green growth” and its sister concepts “blue‐green growth,” the “green economy,” and the “blue‐green economy,” have gained considerable traction in the...

Beyond INF: Countering Russia, Countering China (Analysis)

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. WASHINGTON: What long-range weapons should the Army buy if President Trump keeps his promise to end the 1987 INF Treaty? The Intermediate Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces accord, despite its name,...

Extremist or terrorist: spot the difference

By Greg Austin On 11 November, Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke out against religious extremism because of its link to terrorism and violence. Opposition to his statement was swift, including from federal Labor MP...

The five-domains update

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok and Georgia Grice Sea state The chief of the Royal Australian Navy has confirmed that the first of the submarines being built by French contractor Naval Group...

The Quad as an enabler of regional security cooperation

By Bhubhindar Singh The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (commonly known as the Quad), an informal grouping comprising the United States, Japan, Australia and India, made a return in 2017. Have the Quad’s prospects improved after...

Ill-informed comments hinder fight against terrorism

By Levi J. West Regrettably, terrorist attacks like the one that occurred in Melbourne on Friday evening have become an all too familiar occurrence both in Australia and across the Western world. The deployment...

“Dead Hand” Alive and Modernized?

By Russian Defense Policy From Friday’s news . . . . “Russia could shift to preemptive nuclear strike doctrine — ex-chief of RVSN” “Retaliatory nuclear strike command and control system ‘Perimeter’ has been modernized”...

“Dead Hand” Alive and Modernized?

By Russian Defense Policy From Friday’s news . . . . “Russia could shift to preemptive nuclear strike doctrine — ex-chief of RVSN” “Retaliatory nuclear strike command and control system ‘Perimeter’ has been modernized”...

Big-power decathlon in a hot peace

By Graeme Dobell The emerging era of great-power competition shapes as a hot peace. ‘Hot peace’ is a better label for what the world faces than ‘new cold war’, not least because we’re well...

The price of peace

By Paul Kelly The Great War, 1914–18, was the most convulsive, tragic and defining event in Australian history. Its sacrifices bequeathed the bond of nationhood. But such sacrifice left the young country fractured by...

Sophia Ignatidou

By nick.capeling Academy Fellow, International Security Department Biography Sophia Ignatidou has been working as a journalist and digital sub-editor for more than 15 years for national print and online media in London and her...

Debunking Maps of Alleged “Islamic No Go Zones” in London

By Dan Kaszeta Various right-of-centre political commenters have, at different times, alluded to the existence of so-called “Islamic no go zones” in Western Europe. Generally, these are defined broadly and variously areas where the...

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