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How Eastern European populism is different

By Slawomir Sierakowski In 2016, the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s election to the US presidency created an impression that Eastern European–style populism was engulfing the West. In reality, the situation in...

What does Afrin mean for international security?

By Isaac Kfir On 20 January, the Turkish armed forces began Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, an area of Syria controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), one of the key opposition groups...

Australia’s world-beating defence technology niche

By Brendan Nicholson When three American warships and a merchant vessel were attacked by cruise missiles off the coast of Yemen in 2016, their crews fired off a series of defensive systems which diverted...

Electronic Warfare Trumps Cyber For Deterring Russia

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: NATO’s plans to defend the Baltic States are “inadequate” because they don’t take full account of Russia’s electronic warfare capabilities, a leading expert...

National security wrap

By Christopher Dixon, Jessica Clarence, Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson and Melissa Liberatore The beat Trouble on the dance floor Cambodian police detained 90 foreigners last week for ‘singing and dancing pornographically’. The arrests took place at...

Manoeuvring begins ahead of Indonesia’s 2019 elections

By John McBeth With opposition parties threatening to play the Islamic card on a broader scale, the appointment of National Intelligence Agency (BIN) director Budi Gunawan to a leading position on the Indonesian Mosque...

‘World enough and time …’: the strategic dialectic

By Mike Scrafton Strategic relations exhibit a sort of dialectic. Australia scans for regional developments that might affect its security, and regional nations assess Australia’s responses to its strategic environment and respond in accord...

Aid evaluations: an integration success story

By Stephen Howes In November 2016, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) released a new aid evaluation policy. In February 2017, the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE), which is responsible for evaluation...

The limits of Japan’s cruise missile plan

By Rowan Allport Japan’s plans to acquire cruise missiles for its combat aircraft are a step forward in its ability to provide for its own defence. But these weapons won’t give the country the...

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