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African democracy in the spotlight (part 2)

By Terence McNamee Democratic elections, through history, have never been perfect in function or outcome. The August polls in Kenya, Rwanda and Angola are sure to be imperfect, in their own ways. Much ink...

Sea, air, land and space updates

By Jack Viola, Eliza Chapman, Jacqueline Westermann and Harley Comrie Sea state Russia has laid down the hulls for two new diesel-electric submarines to be deployed in the Pacific. The Varshavyanka-class subs, due to...

India’s Hasimara During the Doka La Standoff

By Chris Biggers Imagery acquired on 26JAN15 of Hasimara Airbase, West Bengal. (Digitalglobe) Last week we looked at the Gonggar civil-military airfield, one of China’s closest to the Doka La standoff. Today, we look...

ASEAN at 50: time to fulfill the promise

By Donald Greenlees As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations marks its 50th anniversary today, its 10 leaders should pause from the inevitable self-congratulation to reflect on the organisation’s failings as well as its...

The case for Kurdistan

By Shlomo Ben-Ami The Kurds—who occupy a mountainous region that includes portions of Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey—are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state to call their own. It...

The tyranny of talking points

By Peter Jennings Here’s one suggestion that will sharply improve the performance of the Australian Government and Opposition. It’s a small step to make a big change and it doesn’t need a plebiscite (postal...

Too Many Generals In Trump Administration?

By Joan Johnson-Freese President Donald Trump named retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis as Defense Secretary, the highest-ranking civilian position in the Pentagon. Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly was named first to head the Homeland...

How Terrorists Are Creating a New Language

By Quilliam Admin Soon, we might not understand them at all I have been stalking members of the terrorist group Tawheed Network (formerly al-Muhajiroun). I have spied on them over the Internet, and heard...

The month in women, peace and security: July 2017

By Eliza Chapman, Harley Comrie, Jack Viola and Jacqueline Westermann Gender perspectives in the ADF In response to the increasing demand for gender advisers, the Australian Defence Force delivered its first gender adviser course...

All is not lost in Australia’s fight against nuclear weapons

By Cathy Moloney Nuclear non-proliferation can be assessed from several different perspectives that are characterised by polarising and even contradictory views. Very few topics divide international opinion as much as the future of nuclear...

Trump is making it too easy for Putin

By Mike Scrafton Geopolitics must look easy to Putin. Undermining US global leadership is an important Russian strategic objective. The new US president has already eroded US global leadership through his own efforts. The...

Four Ukrainian Soldiers Wounded On Saturday Night

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1266: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be foundAn Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine …read more From:: The Interpreter...

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