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OOB Notes

By Russian Defense Policy Here’s a link to a new version of the OOB notes. It has several pages of new info and other changes and corrections. It’s a short version of a longer...

An Open Source Survey of the Shooting of Lyra McKee

By Bellingcat Investigation Team All times appear as local time UTC+1. On the night of April 18 2019, a confrontation between Republican dissidents and police in the Creggan area of Derry/Londonderry resulted in the...

China’s Theft & Espionage: What Must Be Done

By Nicholas Eftimiades Screening Chinese students and academics isn’t the solution when less than one percent of them are bad actors. So what will work? …read more From:: Breaking Defense (Policy)

Hopping off for Easter

By The Editors We’re taking a couple of days off from publishing duties over the Easter break. We’ll return to our normal programming on Tuesday, starting with Graeme Dobell’s look at two neighbours that...

Quilliam Bulletin 18-04-2019

By Quilliam Admin READ:- Quilliam International’s founder, Maajid Nawaz published a piece in the Jewish News on why the word ‘Islamophobia’ and how its definition is no longer fit for purpose. READ MORE Listen:...

National security wrap

By Genevieve Feely, Rhys De Wilde, Mali Walker and Luke Courtois The beat Millions of New Zealanders flagged in police database An investigation by the Otago Daily Times has revealed that 40% of New...

The Kremlin’s little green duds

By Carl Bildt Five years ago this month, a small force of ‘little green men’—soldiers wearing no national insignia—seized control of a police station in Sloviansk, a small village in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast....

Taking Australian diplomacy digital

By Dave Sharma Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has come a long way in a short time in its embrace of digital tools and technology. DFAT, and most of our embassies around...

Beyond ‘aid in the national interest’

By Nilima Gulrajani Consider this thought experiment. If the provision of bilateral foreign aid overseas threatened the national interest, would it ever be provided? Surely, it must be at least a benign force or...

China’s crushing of dissent could lead to disaster

By Minxin Pei Lou Jiwei may not be a household name in the West, but the former Chinese finance minister is well known and highly respected among financiers and economic policymakers. Yet, earlier this...

What Israel’s politics mean for the Middle East

By Isaac Kfir In December 2018, former Israel Defense Forces chief Benny Gantz established Hosen L’Yisrael (Israel Resilience Party) and rocked the Israeli political landscape when many started seeing him as a viable replacement...

Witchcraft and human rights: global learnings and conversations

By Fiona Hukula, Miranda Forsyth and Philip Gibbs The international conference Witchcraft and Human Rights: Past, Present, Future Perspectives, held at Lancaster University on 10-11 January 2019, brought together academics, practitioners and activists from...

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