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Comparing China’s and Taiwan’s aid to the Pacific

By Denghua Zhang In September 2019, after 36 years, Solomon Islands severed its diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (hereafter Taiwan) and established formal relations with the People’s Republic of China (hereafter China)....

What They May Get, 2020

By Russian Defense Policy S-350 Vityaz launcher In his year-end report, Russian Defense Minister Shoygu not only publicized what the MOD received by way of arms and other equipment in 2019, he also mentioned...

Can the world order catch up with the world?

By Kishore Mahbubani The world turned a corner in 2019. The problem is that the world order didn’t turn with it. This disconnect could have disastrous consequences. The biggest global power change has been...

Will the death of the JCPOA lead to a nuclear-armed Iran?

By Connor Dilleen The announcement by France, Germany and the UK that they have triggered the formal dispute-resolution mechanism of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program effectively spells the death...

The Batlow bushfire and SWP workers

By Rochelle-Lee Bailey In January at the height of the Australian bushfires, I received a message from James Walau, a ni-Vanuatu Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) team leader, informing me that he and his team...

Australia’s defence department calls time out on TikTok

By Fergus Ryan The news that Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok is not approved for use on devices owned by Australia’s Department of Defence, as the ABC reported today, is hardly a surprise. Defence’s default...

Security woes will continue to haunt the Philippines in 2020

By Aileen San Pablo Baviera Three years, or halfway, into Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s term, both internal and external security concerns remain prominent in the consciousness of the country’s officials and security experts. Anxiety...

Do we need a bushfire royal commission?

By Paul Barnes The prime minister has announced that the cabinet will consider a royal commission into aspects of the ongoing fire disaster once the bushfires are under control. Some form of national review...

Do we need a bushfire royal commission?

By Paul Barnes The prime minister has announced that the cabinet will consider a royal commission into aspects of the ongoing fire disaster once the bushfires are under control. Some form of national review...

Do we need a bushfire royal commission?

By Paul Barnes The prime minister has announced that the cabinet will consider a royal commission into aspects of the ongoing fire disaster once the bushfires are under control. Some form of national review...

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