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Life after the INF Treaty

By Rod Lyon The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty expired on 2 August, after a period of over 30 years as one of the landmarks of nuclear arms control. Opinions vary over how much that...

Commuting To Moscow: Lega Nord’s Pilgrimage To Russia

By Bellingcat Investigation Team Previous reporting by news outlets L’Espresso and Buzzfeed News has revealed that Gianluca Savoini, a close aide to Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, took part in negotiations for clandestine...

India’s bad bet in Kashmir

By Ramesh Thakur Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has decided to strip Kashmir of its special status—which granted considerable autonomy to the disputed Muslim-majority territory—and split it into two union territories (a status...

National security wrap

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard The beat German police use AI to combat child pornography Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia—Germany’s most populous state—are working with Microsoft to identify and combat online child...

PNG: some reform suggestions

By Stephen Howes The first post in this two-part series argued that the incipient recovery underway in PNG in 2018 had faltered, and that economic growth had once again slowed. I don’t think this...

PNG’s faltering economic recovery

By Stephen Howes According to World Bank data, Papua New Guinea is the tenth most resource intensive economy in the world. Using its measure of underground resource rents (profits from oil, gas, coal and...

Indo-Pacific security should also be a European affair

By Elizabeth Buchanan and Shelley Zhao Charles Edel and John Lee’s comprehensive report, The future of the US–Australia alliance in an era of great power competition, exposes evident gaps in the way both Australia...

A nuclear world in disarray

By Ramesh Thakur We are in a uniquely dangerous period in the atomic age. Geopolitical tensions have spiked in Europe, in the Middle East, on the subcontinent and in East Asia. The nuclear arms...

Speaking truth to power

By Joseph S. Nye US President Donald Trump’s nomination of John Ratcliffe, a highly partisan Congressman with little international experience, to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence raised the red flag of...

Bellingcat Podcast: MH17, Episode 4 Guide: Manhunt

By Bellingcat Podcast You can listen to the fourth episode of the Bellingcat Podcast on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), “Manhunt”, by subscribing on any major podcast application by searching “Bellingcat”,...

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