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Can the Europeans defend Europe?

By Mike Scrafton A renewed sense of urgency over European defence has come only after a cumulative series of strategic shocks. The European powers have long resisted supranational defence institutions, instead depending heavily on...

Postcard from the ‘road to nowhere’

By Dan McGarry Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, yesterday fired a salvo across China’s bows. On Radio Australia‘s Pacific Beat program, the government front-bencher accused China of funding...

Raytheon Touts Cross Domain Solutions For Navy

By Otto Kreisher As the surface Navy intensively strives to achieve the cross domain capabilities so essential to warfighting success against a near-peer competitor, Raytheon is using its wide spectrum of defense technologies to...

Anti-slavery efforts can be profitable for businesses

By Dinuk Jayasuriya In my last blog, I lamented that the Australian government was only estimating an expected $11,500 regulatory ‘light touch’ price tag on the anti-slavery efforts of a company with over $100...

Nuclear buttons and sunsets

By Malcolm Davis We’re barely into 2018 and two major crises confront the world, both with significant nuclear dimensions. On the Korean peninsula, Kim Jong-un has once again reinforced his growing nuclear weapons capability...

Frustrations and disillusionment in Iran

By Ian Dudgeon The demonstrations, which began in Iran’s northern city of Mashhad and quickly spread to other cities, were reportedly triggered by a surge in food prices, but they’ve taken on a broader...

The World Bank’s “Reinforcing Resilience” report

By Marcel Schroder The World Bank recently released the first biannual report of its newly launched “Papua New Guinea Economic Update” (PNG EU) series. This is a welcome development, as the PNG EU sequence...

Going nuclear?

By Malcolm Davis Nuclear weapons and their role in Australia’s future defence are being openly debated by some key thinkers in Canberra. A recent ASPI Strategic Insights paper by Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith...

The Modern Slavery Act – are we aiming too low?

By Dinuk Jayasuriya Modern slavery, as defined by the Walk Free Foundation, “refers to situations where one person has taken away another person’s freedom – their freedom to control their body, their freedom to...

Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Deploy to Hasimara

By Bellingcat Investigation Team Commercial imagery from December 2017 Due to ongoing tensions with China, the Indian Air Force has deployed a flight of at least four Su-30MKI Flanker multi-role fighter to Hasimara, the...

Rachel Briggs OBE

By nick.capeling Associate Fellow, International Security Summary Rachel Briggs OBE is executive director of Hostage US, a non-profit that supports hostages and their families, during and after a kidnapping. Rachel helped to set up...

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