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Policy, Guns and Money: Episode 10

By ASPI staff In this podcast Lisa Sharland speaks with Major General Cheryl Pearce on her appointment as the next commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, Georgia Grice asks deterrence expert Dr...

‘Forward defence in depth’ for Australia (part 3)

By Malcolm Davis Australia’s defence force structure has evolved over many years around defending the ‘sea–air gap’ as a perceived strategic moat. That construct dates back to the late 1980s, when the outlook was...

Africa’s historic pivot

By Célestin Monga The year 2018 has been marked by tremendous economic and political turbulence around the world. And yet, for future historians, it may well be the year when Africa started to claim...

The five-domains update

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok and Georgia Grice Sea state Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a $1.6 billion contract to build two littoral combat ships for the US Navy and is in...

Morrison reaches sensible compromise on Jerusalem

By Isaac Kfir Scott Morrison’s announcement that Australia will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was sensible, balanced and well crafted. The prime minister avoided many of the pitfalls that could have...

China’s South China Sea grab

By Brahma Chellaney It has been just five years since China initiated its major land reclamation in the South China Sea, and the country has already shifted the territorial status quo in its favor—without...

Tracking Italy’s Arms Trade (#ItalianArms)

By Christiaan Triebert Italy’s arms industry is growing, and the country has already been one of the world’s biggest arms exporters for years. Since 1990, thousands of arms exports licences have been granted, with...

Asia’s power puzzles: why we need track 2 diplomacy

By Graeme Dobell The first priority is to manage great power competition in the Indo‑Pacific. — Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne Optimists see the glass as half full, while strategists worry that it’s actually...

Employers want to recruit directly

By Carolyn Peterken and Russell McKay The DFAT-funded Labour Mobility Assistance Program (LMAP) recently undertook a survey of employers authorised to hire workers under the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), known as approved employers. The...

Héloïse Goodley

By nick.capeling Army Chief of General Staff Research Fellow, International Security Biography Héloïse Goodley is the Army Chief of General Staff visiting research fellow in the International Security Department. She commissioned into the Army...

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