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The month in women, peace and security: July 2017

By Eliza Chapman, Harley Comrie, Jack Viola and Jacqueline Westermann Gender perspectives in the ADF In response to the increasing demand for gender advisers, the Australian Defence Force delivered its first gender adviser course...

All is not lost in Australia’s fight against nuclear weapons

By Cathy Moloney Nuclear non-proliferation can be assessed from several different perspectives that are characterised by polarising and even contradictory views. Very few topics divide international opinion as much as the future of nuclear...

Trump is making it too easy for Putin

By Mike Scrafton Geopolitics must look easy to Putin. Undermining US global leadership is an important Russian strategic objective. The new US president has already eroded US global leadership through his own efforts. The...

Four Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded On Saturday Night

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1266: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be foundAn Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine …read more From:: The Interpreter...

An Ordinary Conflict

By Russian Defense Policy Broken glass in the barracks (photo: Ura.ru) Some may have seen this picture of the aftermath of a massive brawl which occurred on August 2 between 60 Tuvan contractees and...

More MOD Graphics

By Russian Defense Policy This week, the Russian MOD reported 1,793 individuals accepted on contract service and 1,379 going through the selection process. For military transportation, 185 aircraft, 3,000 vehicles, 900 trains, and 10...

Fighting Erupts In Eastern Ukraine

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1265: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be foundAn Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine …read more From:: The Interpreter...

A Sharp Decrease In Ceasefire Violations In Ukraine

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1264: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be foundAn Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine …read more From:: The Interpreter...

Gonggar During the Doka La Standoff

By Chris Biggers Imagery acquired on 24DEC2016 of Gonggar Airbase, Tibet Autonomous Region. (Digitalglobe) This most recent rotation of the fourth generation fighters arrived between April and May 2017 taking the place of another...

How to Be Like Ike

By website@atlanticcouncil.org (Steven Grundman) Project Solarium as a model for assessing defense-industrial policy It is hard not to read a pretext for protectionism into the Executive Order President Trump signed last month under the...

‘Tragic but distinguishable postwar states’

By Rod Lyon As some readers will probably recognise, the title of this post is a phrase drawn from Herman Kahn’s On thermonuclear war, one of the more depressing texts of the 20th century....

Is The Arctic The Next South China Sea? Not Really

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. WASHINGTON: Oil, gas, and minerals on the seabed. Disputed territorial claims. An increasingly aggressive China. Are we talking about the South China Sea or the Arctic Ocean? “As I...

Contractors in Afghanistan: What Erik Prince Gets Right

By Mark Cancian Eric Prince, the former CEO of Blackwater, argues for expanded use of contractors in Afghanistan. Some of his proposals deserve attention. The idea apparently resonated with the White House (though not...

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