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The Indo-Pacific and the Blue Pacific

By Wesley Morgan Recent months have seen an intensification of diplomatic activity in the Pacific Ocean, as traditional powers and new friends alike have redoubled their courtship of island administrations. Much of this activity...

Mattis’ Team Moves In, Promising Reforms

By Paul McLeary A slew of new civilian officials are settling in at the Pentagon, adding muscle to promises of change in how the military develops and buys technology, and how fast it can...

Why is anti-Semitism returning to Germany?

By Mark Leonard Though the British Labour Party’s anti-Semitism scandal has dominated headlines in the United Kingdom of late, there is a more profound debate with the same theme taking place in Germany. Most...

The five-domains update

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok and Georgia Grice Sea state The US has announced a plan to deploy a hospital ship to Colombia to assist with the Venezuelan refugee crisis. The schedule...

What’s in the pipeline for Merkel and Putin?

By Jacqueline Westermann Schloss Meseberg is a Baroque-style palace that serves as the official guest house of the German federal government. It sits in an idyllic location 70 kilometres north of the capital, and...

Promotion List

By Russian Defense Policy President Vladimir Putin issued his latest general and flag officer promotion list on June 11 for Russian Federation Day. The MOD promotees included six two-stars (5 general-lieutenants and a vice-admiral)...

Promotion List

By Russian Defense Policy President Vladimir Putin issued his latest general and flag officer promotion list on June 11 for Russian Federation Day. The MOD promotees included six two-stars (5 general-lieutenants and a vice-admiral)...

Promotion List

By Russian Defense Policy President Vladimir Putin issued his latest general and flag officer promotion list on June 11 for Russian Federation Day. The MOD promotees included six two-stars (5 general-lieutenants and a vice-admiral)...

Talking Turkey about the F-35

By Marcus Hellyer One of the reasons countries support indigenous defence industries is to ensure their sovereign control over defence capabilities. The argument is that by having the ability to design, manufacture and sustain...

A new perspective on aid delivery

By Richard Curtain It is rare to get a real insight into the differences within and between agencies in how aid is delivered. A new book, Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top-down Management...

An Admiral Speaks Out

By Susan Hennessey and Mikhaila Fogel, The Atlantic An op-ed criticizing the president from the man responsible for the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden represents a startling intervention by a studiously non-political figure....

Papua New Guinea loses another Vice Chancellor

By Stephen Howes Last month, PNG University of Natural Resources and the Environment (UNRE) Vice Chancellor Professor John Warren quit his post — and the country — after receiving threats of legal action. Warren,...

Putin overplays his hand

By Christopher R. Hill The Kremlin’s foreign policy increasingly seems to rest on the assumption that all countries are as corruptible as Vladimir Putin’s Russia. This was evident most recently in Russia’s alleged efforts...

The power of soft power

By Graeme Dobell While Heisenberg proclaims the uncertainty principle, a public service inquiry operates on the certainty principle. Not for government, Heisenberg’s quantum insight about the impossibility of simultaneously measuring position and momentum; nor...

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