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What’s next for Islamic State?

By Micah Batt With the cities of Hawija and Raqqa now under Iraqi government and Syrian Democratic Forces control, the military defeat of Islamic State looks imminent. Six and half million people have been...

Challenging aid orthodoxies

By Stephen Howes The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, or FWCC, is housed in a prominent downtown Suva building, its logo and messages blazoned over its fence and walls. In equal parts service provider, sector...

Challenging aid orthodoxies

By Stephen Howes The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, or FWCC, is housed in a prominent downtown Suva building, its logo and messages blazoned over its fence and walls. In equal parts service provider, sector...

North Korea: where to now?

By Ron Huisken A growing list of observers contend that North Korea is now out of reach, that its nuclear program is irreversible and that the smart option is to accept this fact and...

National security wrap

By Jacqueline Westermann, Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman and Harley Comrie The beat Afghan police under attack The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack on the police headquarters and training college in Gardez, the...

Our US alliance needs a strong Australian voice

By Gai Brodtmann Since the election of Donald Trump, the calls have raged in some quarters of Australia for Australia to abandon the US alliance. It is an alliance of more than 65 years...

After 4000 Years, China Eyes Truly Global Role

By Colin Clark WASHINGTON: The president of China, seeming to cast aside the better part of four millennia of Chinese tradition, declared today that he sees “a new historic juncture in China’s development,” one...

Leadership in Asia: don’t count the US out

By Tom Switzer America, the pundits keep telling us, is failing to exercise leadership in Asia. Crippled by a crisis of confidence and distracted by an erratic and bizarre president, Washington seems adrift and...

Australia’s new investment in health security

By Julie Bishop Health security threats are emerging at an unprecedented rate. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Zika underscore the need for improvements in a country’s capacity...

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