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The hard part of soft power

By Graeme Dobell Australia was grasping for soft power long before the term ‘soft power’ was invented. Here’s an official example from 32 years ago: Countries still achieve their international objectives by threat, bribe...

Trump’s Secret War on Terror

By Loren DeJonge Schulman and Daniel J. Rosenthal, The Atlantic Drone strikes continue and spread—away from public scrutiny or congressional oversight. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Pence Makes Hard Sell For Trump’s Space Force by 2020

By Katie Bo Williams, Defense One The administration wants a new military service branch, but space mission’s future in the Pentagon and Congress is far from certain. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

ASPI suggests

By Jacqueline Westermann, Malcolm Davis and James Brorson After a week of increased tension that included Saudi Arabia recalling its ambassador to Canada and expelling Canada’s representative in Riyadh—all because of a single tweet—Vox...

Facility shopping is fanning financial risks

By Adam Triggs Argentina has announced that it is seeking financial support from China to help manage its currency crisis. It is engaging in a process that has become known as ‘facility shopping‘. Countries...

Pence: ‘We Must Have American Dominance In Space’

By Colin Clark The “separate but equal” sixth service (don’t forget the Coast Guard) will be created in stages, because, as Pence finally admitted publicly, it “requires Congressional action.” …read more From:: Breaking Defense...

Anti-Ship Iskander-M?

By Russian Defense Policy Russia may view the Iskander-M as an effective weapon against high-value ships and aircraft carriers in particular. There is, however, no openly available information indicating the Russians have actually tested...

National security wrap

By Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok, Georgia Grice and Aakriti Bachhawat The beat Krone laundering in Estonia Danish and Estonian authorities are investigating Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest bank, over allegations of money laundering. The bank’s...

Pivoting to the Pacific

By Alexandre Dayant and Jonathan Pryke Over the past year, there’s been a frenzy of public interest—in Australia and beyond—on the Pacific region. The concern has, of course, been focused on China’s growing activities...

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