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A better way to stay connected with the South Pacific

By Geoff Heriot Five years ago, Australia’s recently elected Liberal–National Party government released a report called Towards responsible government. Produced by an ad hoc National Commission of Audit, it purported to review ‘the scope...

Plan ‘B’ for the F-35

By Marcus Hellyer The Australian Defence Force’s equipment is good and getting better. But the ADF’s current and planned force structures have some significant limitations in their ability to deliver some crucial military effects....

Indonesia boosts its military presence in the Natuna Islands

By John McBeth When Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi delivered her traditional annual foreign policy review recently, she made a point of referring to last month’s separatist slaughter of 19 construction workers in rebellious...

How Europe’s populists can win by losing

By Mark Leonard Will the European Parliament elections this May result in a political revolution? Populist and nationalist parties certainly hope so. They are promising not just to overturn the Brussels establishment, but also...

John Howard, multilateralism and landmines

By Graeme Dobell For political tragics, there’s not much than can surprise about John Howard. His consistency reaches towards the rigid. But here’s a statement to puzzle tragics: J.W. Howard—when in power—was a good,...

We’ll be back tomorrow

By The Editors It’s a public holiday here in Australia, so The Strategist team is taking a short break. We’ll be back tomorrow with the usual program of analysis and commentary. …read more From::...

Bogotá Car Bomb: What We Know

By Giancarlo Fiorella All times appear as local UTC-5. On January 17, 2018, at 9:32 AM, an SUV loaded with 80 kilograms of pentolite exploded inside the Escuela de Cadetes de Policía “General Francisco...

The Strategist Hottest 10.0

By Jack Norton There’s a famous countdown on at this time of year in Australia, and at The Strategist we thought we should jump on the bandwagon with a list of our most popular...

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