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Command Rokirovka

By Russian Defense Policy Rokirovka (рокировка) appears often in the Russian press. Borrowed from chess, it means castling in the strictest sense. In political and administrative terms, it’s when people shift places in an...

Talking to the chiefs: David Johnston (part 2)

By Brendan Nicholson For the ADF, the goal of carrying out truly ‘joint’ operations must embrace not just the army, navy and air force, but also key non-military agencies and allied forces. The head...

What’s different about APTC in its next stage?

By Richard Curtain The DFAT-funded Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) has operated from five campuses in the Pacific for over a decade, producing more than 10,000 graduates of high standard. However, APTC did not...

How to Conduct Comprehensive Video Collection

By Aric Toler Much of Bellingcat’s work requires intense research into particular events, which includes finding every possible photograph, video, and witness account that will help inform our analysis. Perhaps most notably, we exhaustively...

Trump may have just relit the Iran nuclear fuse

By Ramesh Thakur On Friday, President Donald Trump refused to recertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. In a vituperative speech denouncing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he demanded that the deal be...

The five-domains update

By Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman, Jacqueline Westermann, Harley Comrie and Michael Chi Sea state The US Navy is reshuffling its ballistic-missile defence (BMD) ships to cover for the USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald, which...

Why Catalonia’s independence bid is failing

By Shlomo Ben-Ami In the confusing aftermath of Catalonia’s messy independence referendum, the Catalan regional government’s president, Carles Puigdemont, has wanted to have his cake and eat it. His long-awaited speech to the regional...

The world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond

By Natalya Wells Around the world, humanitarian organisations are struggling to meet growing needs with dwindling funds and are seeking innovative ways to source funding. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with...

The US cannot go it alone on Iran

By Richard N. Haass US President Donald Trump has announced what was long anticipated: that he will not certify that Iran is complying with the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed...

The mujahidat: myth no more?

By Sofia Patel On 6 October, al-Naba, Islamic State’s Arabic language policy-oriented magazine, released the first official statement endorsing the participation of female combatants in defensive jihad (jihad al-daf). Although there have been a...

Cambodia’s latest crackdown

By Helen Clark Crackdowns, like protests, gain momentum fast. But the things that set them in motion often have a slow, heavy build-up. In Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s new move to hang onto...

New 36th Army Commander

By Russian Defense Policy On October 14, Mil.ru announced the appointment of General-Major Mikhail Yakovlevich Nosulev as the new commander of Russia’s 36th Combined Arms Army in Ulan Ude. General-Major Nosulev Born in Labinsk,...

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