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Use of Ricin: Is This Amateur Hour?

By Dan Kaszeta Recent incidents have brought up the subject of the biological toxin known as ricin as a possible terrorist weapon. A Utah man, one William Clyde Allen III, was arrested by the...

Is the clock finally ticking for PNG’s illegal loggers?

By Lela Stanley A time traveler from 1988 visiting Papua New Guinea’s forestry sector today would find it distressingly familiar territory. Three decades ago, Commissioner Tos Barnett was conducting his Inquiry into aspects of...

Learning to listen to Asia

By Peter McCawley The 2017 foreign policy white paper makes much of Australia’s values. Malcolm Turnbull’s introduction to the white paper says that ‘Australia’s values are enduring’. Turnbull has now moved on, but the...

Proxy wars and the demise of conventional warfighting

By Andrew Maher Within a decade, Australia must anticipate greater economic, political and military competition in the Indo-Pacific and, as power balances shift, the ADF will struggle to sustain the technological advantage it maintained...

Blind spot fix: rebuild Australia’s international voice

By Graeme Dobell Australia is witnessing an explosion of blind spot exposures, as important institutions are blindsided by their own shortcomings. The blind spot eruption reveals big organisations with incomplete vision, unable to see...

Parlous State of VTA

By Russian Defense Policy Endangered species? That said, Falichev made points worthy of attention. Still some of his numbers are irreconcilable. But the thrust of his report is significant and grim for the VTA....

Parlous State of VTA

By Russian Defense Policy Endangered species? That said, Falichev made points worthy of attention. Still some of his numbers are irreconcilable. But the thrust of his report is significant and grim for the VTA....

Saudis OK Billions in Arms Sales, Congress Not So Sure

By Paul McLeary WASHINGTON: Even as Congress inches toward cutting off arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh’s grinding war in Yemen, the United States...

Why We Need A Space Force: CSIS’s Todd Harrison

By Todd Harrison Space Corps? Space Force? Space Command? Ever since Rep. Mike Rogers put the Space Corps cat amongst the Air Force pigeons in April last year, debate has raged within the Air...

Modelling the Trump effect

By Roger Bradbury and Dmitry Brizhinev It might sound odd, but interstate behaviour turns out to be something that can be understood by modelling it as a complex system. Our modelling of interstate interactions...

Quilliam Bulletin 12-10-2018

By Quilliam Admin Invitation to Quilliam’s Winter Gala 2018 Quilliam International would like to invite you to its Winter Gala in support of Muslims and Jews standing together against Anti-Semitism and Anti-Muslim hatred #Solidarity....

ASPI suggests

By Jacqueline Westermann, Hannah Smith and James Brorson The world Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi vanished while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and is thought to have been killed on...

Riptides in Vietnam’s top leadership

By Huong Le Thu On 3 October, the secretary-general of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, received overwhelming support from the party’s central committee for assuming the role of the country’s president, which...

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