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At last, another female UN force commander

By Lisa Sharland Overnight, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Australian Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, on promotion to major general, as the next force commander of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP)....

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Jack Norton and Malcolm Davis The world Kicking off in the US with the 2018 midterm elections, the ‘blue wave’ seemed more like a strong ripple as the Democrats took control...

Morrison’s Pacific pivot

By Michael Shoebridge Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given an expansive speech about Australia’s strategy for the South Pacific. And he’s backed his words with new resources—some $2 billion in funding for infrastructure and...

Nuclear Subs Starving the Fleet (Part II)

By Russian Defense Policy Some comments on Klimov’s VPK article . . . . In his short opinion piece, Klimov doesn’t systematically address the cost-benefit of Russia’s nuclear-powered submarine forces. But he has an...

Nuclear Subs Starving the Fleet (Part II)

By Russian Defense Policy Some comments on Klimov’s VPK article . . . . In his short opinion piece, Klimov doesn’t systematically address the cost-benefit of Russia’s nuclear-powered submarine forces. But he has an...

Azerbaijan Pushes into Nakhichevan Borderlands

By Masis Ingilizian This Azerbaijani trench (white) is the latest in the engineering works completed by the Azerbaijani military. These latest actions have led to the strategic height coming under the control of Azerbaijan...

Europol’s Asian City Child Abuse Photographs Geolocated

By Daniel Romein Since 2017 the European Union Agency of Law Enforcement Cooperation, better known as Europol, has been crowdsourcing parts of or heavily censored photographs, related to child abuse crimes in their “Stop...

Policy, Guns and Money: Episode 7

By ASPI staff In this podcast Madeleine Nyst talks to Michael Shoebridge on the connections between human rights and global security, and Donald Trump’s pick for the role of US ambassador to Australia. Also...

National security wrap

By Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok, Georgia Grice and Aakriti Bachhawat The beat Restoring voting rights in Florida An estimated 1.5 million Floridians will be eligible to vote again after the state’s legislature passed Amendment...

India has the most to lose if it doesn’t embrace the Quad

By Lavina Lee The revival of the Australia–India–Japan–US security quadrilateral (informally known as the Quad) is anticipated to be a key plank of the ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ strategy. In theory, deeper cooperation among...

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