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Seven lessons from Syria

By Bob Bowker Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has outlasted the country. For the foreseeable future, Assad will be trying to restore central government control and manoeuvring between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s...

The real China choice

By Peter Hartcher The choice for Australia is not the one we’re always being told we have to make—between America and China. It’s the choice between the status quo, a wilful complacency, on the...

Prevent conflict, avert humanitarian crises

By Caelin Briggs Last month, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata passed away at the age of 92. Ogata led the UN agency through the crises of the 1990s, a tumultuous decade...

Collins-class submarine upgrades should stay in Adelaide

By Martin Hamilton-Smith It’s difficult to see a convincing case on ‘national interest’ grounds for moving full-cycle docking of the Collins-class submarines from ASC’s Osborne shipyard to Fremantle in Western Australia. Indeed, doing so...

Outdated US defence export laws a strategic cost for Australia

By Brendan Thomas-Noone The United States’ defence industrial base—Australia’s most significant source of military technology—is struggling to respond to a new era of strategic competition. Years of congressional budgetary instability and the US Department...

Debunking the Binance Police Raids with OSINT

By Brenna Smith This investigation is an excerpt from the weekly CryptOsint, Brenna Smith’s newsletter which digs into the intersection of open source research and cryptocurrency. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Crypto-twitter...

Airborne Data Point

By Russian Defense Policy Collect data points wherever you can. You never know when they’ll become useful, especially if you gather them over the long term. Parade at the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School...

Airborne Data Point

By Russian Defense Policy Collect data points wherever you can. You never know when they’ll become useful, especially if you gather them over the long term. Parade at the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, known as the Type 001A, has sailed into the South China Sea. The Chinese navy says the vessel...

Viewpoint: How Trump Turned the Military Against Itself

By Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic The president’s repeated interference in a Navy SEAL’s case shows that he cares about only one kind of military discipline—obedience to Trump. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Chinese espionage in Australia—the big picture

By Michael Shoebridge Melbourne car dealer Nick Zhao may or may not have been approached by Chinese state operatives offering $1 million for the Liberal Party member to run for parliament. He’s dead and...

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