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Do we need a bushfire royal commission?

By Paul Barnes The prime minister has announced that the cabinet will consider a royal commission into aspects of the ongoing fire disaster once the bushfires are under control. Some form of national review...

Regulating the growth of private security in PNG

By Grant Walton and Sinclair Dinnen As anyone who has visited Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the past 20 years can attest, the private security industry is booming. Office buildings are often only accessible...

Russia is not Putin

By Lyubov Sobol Russia is not synonymous with President Vladimir Putin, or with his United Russia party, or with Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of a private military company carrying out the Kremlin’s wishes in...

Bellingcat Is Hiring: Editor (Europe-Based, Part-Time)

By Bellingcat Investigation Team Who We Are: Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigations to probe a variety of subjects: crime, conflicts,...

Bellingcat Is Hiring: Editor (Europe-Based, Part-Time)

By Bellingcat Investigation Team Who We Are: Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators, and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigations to probe a variety of subjects: crime, conflicts,...

Bushfires, bots and the spread of disinformation

By Elise Thomas As fire continues to wreak havoc across large parts of the country, online Australia is battling another crisis: the waves of misinformation and disinformation spreading across social media. Much of the...

The donor neo-colonialist complex (II)

By Juliet Hunt Cloistered by inequality Protected by accident of birth Bestowed the gift of privilege Blinded by arrogance Believing we know better We tally up our expertise across the globe Dash from place...

Election result shows Taiwan is out of China’s grasp

By Charlie Lyons Jones Voters in Taiwan have demonstrated that conciliation with Beijing is no longer a useful electoral strategy. Future presidential candidates, from both sides of Taiwan’s political divide, will have to prove...

How to make the internet safe for democracy

By Francis Fukuyama In October, a confrontation erupted between one of the leading Democratic candidates for the US presidency, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Warren had called for a breakup of...

Pacific predictions: 2020

By Tess Newton Cain As we enter not only a new year but a new decade, there is much to anticipate in the Pacific islands region. Elections and domestic politics A number of countries...

Australia must plan to defend itself alone

By Hugh White Many people believe that Australia would never need to defend itself unaided. Even if US support cannot be taken for granted in the future, they think that we needn’t ever stand...

US–China rivalry and the future of interdependence

By Ron Huisken Just a year ago, the annual regional security outlook from the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific highlighted ‘the end of ambiguity and denial’ about whether the United States...

Trump, like Obama, Tests the Limits of Presidential War Powers

By Sarah Burns, The Conversation Both President Trump and President Obama used military force without informing Congress, or getting its approval. But the differences reveal more than the similarities. …read more From:: Government Executive...

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