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Who lost the South China Sea?

By Brahma Chellaney US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has spoken out against China’s strategy of ‘intimidation and coercion’ in the South China Sea, including the deployment of anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles and electronic jammers,...

The morning after the summit before

By Malcolm Davis The summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong‑un finished with photo‑op fanfare and well-meaning handshakes and smiles. However, the Singapore declaration between Trump and Kim...

National security wrap

By Christopher Dixon, Jessica Clarence, Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson and Melissa Liberatore The beat Police drone partnership Drones continue to proliferate among US police forces. Drone manufacturer DJI has partnered with Axon, maker of police body...

What’s the difference between North Korea and Iran?

By Mohammed Ayoob President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong‑un—in addition to being a diplomatic extravaganza—has produced a document that will continue to be debated for months. While Trump supporters will...

Australia’s future in space

By Peter Jennings This is the 18th and final article in our series ‘Australia in Space’ leading up to ASPI’s Building Australia’s Strategy for Space conference, which begins today. When I was the deputy...

When Great Men do their business

By Michael Shoebridge Advances in science made the Trump–Kim Summit possible. North Korean scientists’ achievements with nuclear bombs and intercontinental missiles played a part, but the unsung scientific masters were the Singaporeans. They seem...

Singapore summit: more than meets the eye?

By Rod Lyon There’s a line in Taoist philosophy that says, ‘The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao.’ It’s a cautionary principle that should underpin one’s reading of the final...

What goes on in the shadows must not stay in the shadows

By Brendan Nicholson Allegations of appalling behaviour by a small number of Australian special forces soldiers accused of killing unarmed prisoners in Afghanistan were serious enough to prompt commanders to question whether it would...

After Abbas

By Sharyn Mittelman Rumours abound about Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ ill health following repeated hospital stays. With Abbas in his 80s, the end of his leadership is fast approaching. Key questions are...

A universe of opportunity

By Megan Clark This is the 17th in our series ‘Australia in Space’ leading up to ASPI’s Building Australia’s Strategy for Space conference, which begins tomorrow. Every day space provides essential data for banking,...

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