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Anatomy of a Russian Chemical Weapons Lab Lie

By Adam Rawnsley If Moscow wants its Syrian allies to skirt the blame for chemical attacks, they’re going to have to come up with some better evidence than a few beakers and boilers in...

Syria a symptom of a broken international order

By Ramesh Thakur Last Saturday US, British and French forces bombed three chemical weapons facilities in Damascus in retaliation for the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces in Douma on 6–8 April...

The ABCs of economic impact: a case study (part 2)

By Rob Bourke Having identified the key concepts behind estimating the economic impact of defence industry and the capital equipment projects that support it, I want to illustrate how those concepts play out in...

Awkward alarum: China, Vanuatu and Oz

By Graeme Dobell Australia’s reaction to the idea of a China getting ‘a full military base’ in Vanuatu ranged from aghast to agog. Coming amid what’s already a big chill in Canberra–Beijing relations, the...

GRU Deputies

By Russian Defense Policy Deputy (or First Deputy?) Chief of the GRU Vice-Admiral Igor Olegovich Kostyukov surfaced to give a speech on Asian regional security at the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security (April...

Stop Wasting Infantry’s Time: Mattis Task Force

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. ARLINGTON: Finding $2.4 billion for new infantry equipment was just the start for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force. Now they’re taking on the hard part:...

ASPI suggests

By Jacqueline Westermann, James Brorson and Malcolm Davis The world This week found the war in Syria right back on the front page: this short Atlantic Council blog post discusses Donald Trump’s own red...

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