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NATO and ANZUS as contrasting cousins

By Graeme Dobell NATO and ANZUS are cousins. The defining family characteristic of the two alliances is the central, essential role of the United States. NATO is a complex organism of 29 members; in...

Papua New Guinea is not Pasifika

By Martyn Namorong Last year I attended a Pasifika themed party at a hotel in Goroka, hundreds of kilometres from the sea and 3,000 meters above sea level. Luckily I had taken my sulu...

European Approaches to Remote Warfare

By Anonymous 15 May 2019 – 9:00am to 6:00pm Add to Calendar iCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Brussels, Belgium Register Interest With continuing instability at Europe’s borders, along with uncertainty on future US support for...

ASPI suggests

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Elise Thomas and Malcolm Davis The world The terror attack in Sri Lanka has proved to be an inflection point for jihadi terrorism in South Asia. As the world tries to...

Asia is the new ground zero for Islamist terror

By Brahma Chellaney The Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka rank among the deadliest terrorist attacks in modern history, and underscore the metastasising scourge of Islamist violence in Asia. Radical Islamist groups, some affiliated...

How AI Could Change The Art Of War

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. ARMY WAR COLLEGE: What happens when Artificial Intelligence produces a war strategy too complex for human brains to understand? Do you trust the computer to guide your moves, like...

Pacific workers in rural Victoria

By Rochelle-Lee Bailey Koo Wee Rup in Victoria is Australia’s largest asparagus-growing district and has a population of 3,579. Without a significant local labour supply to meet horticultural requirements, the region has been involved...

The persistent illusions of the 2016 defence white paper

By Mike Scrafton Enough time has passed for the presumptions about the international environment, the strategic logic and the national objectives of the 2016 defence white paper (DWP 2016) to be assessed. This record...

The Yemen Project: HAJ 10005 – The Abs Prison Strike

By yemenproject Incident ID: HAJ10005 Location: Abs, Hajjah, Yemen Coordinates: 15.998964, 43.198856 Incident Grading: Confirmed Date: 2015/05/12 Time (AST): After 1515 AST KEY FINDINGS – Open sources, including satellite imagery, indicate that on 2015/05/12...

Rush To Military AI Raises Cyber Threats

By Theresa Hitchens UAE minister of state for artificial intelligence: failure by governments to take proactive measures to ensure the cybersecurity of AI systems “is going to come back to bite us.” …read more...

1919: The triumph of Billy Hughes

By Ann Moyal Prime Minister W.M. (Billy) Hughes spent several months in England in 1916 getting to know the wartime decision-makers, attending British cabinet meetings, lobbying for Australia’s trading interests, seeking a greater voice...

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