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What are Australia’s strategic objectives?

By Mike Scrafton In March 1950, Australia’s external affairs minister Percy Spender set out the Menzies government’s appreciation of the international situation in a parliamentary speech. The aims of Australian foreign policy, he declared,...

Watching the North Korea watchers

By Jeffrey Robertson A major crisis on the Korean peninsula would be the most significant event of our time. If it were a conflict, the Pentagon estimates that there could be around 20,000 fatalities...

Elizabeth Reid: transforming adversity into impact

By Ashlee Betteridge When Elizabeth Reid had finished her first term studying statistics at The Australian National University, she was involved in a serious train collision in which her head was pinned between an...

The PLMAM slam

By Stephen Howes and Richard Curtain The second Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting (PLMAM), hosted by the Government of Solomon Islands, was held in Honiara on 9-11 October. (The first was in Brisbane in...

Nuclear Subs Starving the Fleet (Part I)

By Russian Defense Policy Kazan in the launching dock in 2017 What follows is a translation of Maksim Klimov’s October 22 article in VPK. He writes frequently on naval issues. “What Do You Ask...

Nuclear Subs Starving the Fleet (Part I)

By Russian Defense Policy Kazan in the launching dock in 2017 What follows is a translation of Maksim Klimov’s October 22 article in VPK. He writes frequently on naval issues. “What Do You Ask...

Policy, Guns and Money: US midterms

By ASPI staff In this special podcast we look at next week’s crucial US midterms. Our guests are Stephen Loosley and Dr Gorana Grgic. Both are US specialists and both offer fascinating insights into...

ASPI suggests

By Jacqueline Westermann, Malcolm Davis and James Brorson The world While many perceive China to be the antagonist in a ‘new cold war’ with the US, this Foreign Policy article accuses US President Donald...

New Caledonia prepares for crucial independence vote

By Denise Fisher With New Caledonia’s independence referendum set for Sunday 4 November, the campaign is in full swing as those for and against independence from France make their cases. The vote raises crucial...

Realizing Pacific labour mobility potential

By Stephen Howes Labour mobility is already of huge importance to the Pacific and opportunities are growing rapidly. The number of seasonal workers travelling each year for horticultural work under Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme...

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