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Will there be one ASEAN voice on cyber?

By Shashi Jayakumar ASEAN, the common refrain goes, moves slowly, especially on sensitive issues that touch on sovereignty and security, where the pace of consensus-forming adjusts to fit the comfort level of the most...

SOCOM Pivots Toward Great Power Competition

By Paul McLeary The Pentagon’s new Special Ops leader is looking to the defense industry for help in meeting peer adversaries, but he also has a bone to pick. …read more From:: Breaking Defense...

Chinese aid to the Pacific and the Caribbean

By Denghua Zhang, Diego Leiva and Melodie Ruwet Chinese aid to Pacific island countries (PICs) has received increasing attention from academic and policy circles in Australia in recent years. But is the Pacific unique...

HAC Stiffs New Commerce Bureau for Satellite Regulation

By Theresa Hitchens House appropriators rejected Trump’s plan to put satellite regulation under the Commerce Department and chide Secretary Wilbur Ross for his refusal to testify on the 2020 budget request. …read more From::...

House Panel Rejects Space Force

By Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One The Pentagon’s arguments are unconvincing, a House Appropriations Committee subcommittee says. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

The battlefield is no place for soldiers

By Solomon Birch The armistice that ended World War I was signed at around 5 am on 11 November 1918 but didn’t come into force until 11 am. In those six hours, when both...

The five-domains update

By Rhys De Wilde, Luke Courtois, Mali Walker and Genevieve Feely Sea state Two new Chinese warships have been launched at Dalian shipyard in northeastern China. Chinese media say that the new Type 052D...

Europe’s only decision

By Carl Bildt As the European Parliament election approaches, Europe is abuzz with speculation over who will lead the main European Union institutions for the next five years. Among the positions up for grabs...

Space Force: It’s Not Dead, But…

By Theresa Hitchens CSIS’s Todd Harrison, who supports the proposal, says his odds on the Space Force being fully approved by Congress this year are currently “slightly less than 50 percent.” …read more From::...

Through the lens of a seasonal worker

By Kalomel Sepa My name is Kalomel Sepa and I am 30 years old. I come from Marou village on the island of Emau, northeast of Efate in Vanuatu. Before I was born, my...

Alliances and the malaise of the West

By Mike Scrafton The geopolitical aspects of David Goodhart’s The road to somewhere have been raised by Paul Dibb. The changes taking place in domestic politics and societal norms in Europe and the US...

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