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How democratic is the euro?

By Dani Rodrik When Italy’s president recently vetoed the appointment of the Eurosceptic Paolo Savona as finance minister in the government proposed by the Five Star Movement–League party alliance, did he safeguard or undermine...

Innovative Kiwis prepare next satellite launch

By Geoff Slocombe This is the 16th in our series ‘Australia in Space’ leading up to ASPI’s Building Australia’s Strategy for Space conference. As recently as last Thursday, a post on The Strategist claimed,...

The five-domains update

By Christopher Dixon, Jessica Clarence, Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson and Melissa Liberatore Sea state Australia has handed over command of Combined Task Force 150 to the United Kingdom. CTF150 is a multinational naval task force established...

The new abnormal of international power

By Graeme Dobell ‘When the balance of power changes, it is not the power we lose, but the balance.’ Florence Parly, French Minister for the Armed Forces, Singapore, 3 June 2018 The power balance...

Why Timorese workers love the Seasonal Worker Programme

By Ann Wigglesworth The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) is extremely popular in the Pacific and Timor-Leste where it recruits workers. It offers opportunities for workers to improve their livelihoods, earning more money than would...

We’ll be back tomorrow

By The Editors It’s a public holiday today in most parts of Australia for the Queen’s birthday. The Strategist will be back tomorrow to bring you more analysis of Australia’s foreign policy, defence and...

The North Korean peace train is leaving backwards

By Malcolm Davis The 12 June summit between Kim Jong‑un and Donald Trump is almost upon us, and already some pretty fundamental shifts have occurred in the US negotiating position. Previously the US has...

The Singapore summit: what could go wrong?

By Mike Scrafton It should be the keen hope of everyone that Donald Trump’s engagement with Kim Jong-un in Singapore leads to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. If Trump can untangle one of the...

Anatomy of a Russian ‘Troll Factory’ News Site

By Aric Toler When browsing through stories on the newly-established media outlet USAReally.com, you may think that you are reading a procedural-generated site that exists entirely from search engine optimization tricks, stealing articles from...

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