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WPS 2018: Dispelling myths and identifying future action

By Lisa Sharland This article is the eleventh and last in a series on ‘Women, Peace and Security’ that The Strategist has published in recognition of International Women’s Day 2018. Eds. Since International Women’s...

Film review: The Other Side of Hope

By Cleo Fleming To be a refugee is to wait. Wait in a camp or at a border, wait to be resettled, issued a visa or to find another option, wait to leave, wait...

What’s been stopping the left?

By Dani Rodrik Why were democratic political systems not responsive early enough to the grievances that autocratic populists have successfully exploited—inequality and economic anxiety, decline of perceived social status, the chasm between elites and...

Conversations with an Ayatollah

By Denis Dragovic He was an angry Ayatollah; an angry anti-United States Ayatollah, and I was the head of a field office of a US NGO funded by the US government. ‘Where do you...

‘The rules-based global order’: be alert and alarmed

By Richard Menhinick It’s time for Australia’s leaders to wean themselves off the overused and increasingly meaningless expression, ‘rules-based global order’. Australia’s strategic policy establishment is captured by the allure of this phrase. The...

National security wrap

By Jessica Clarence, Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson and Melissa Liberatore The beat Extended police mandate in Haiti The UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). The mission...

Police, public servants and law enforcement: a contested domain?

By John Coyne and Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson The government’s once-in-40-years reform of domestic security arrangements with the new Department of Home Affairs provides a rare opportunity for policymakers to question assumptions about policing and law...

WPS 2018: A ‘new deal’ for Australian female veterans

By Matthew Nash In previous discussions on this topic, both the Minister of Defence and her fellow parliamentarians have suggested that Australia’s next National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) should...

The China–North Korea relationship: more of the same

By Feng Zhang When Kim Jong-un visited Beijing in late March, the world took notice. That was Kim’s first visit to China—and his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping—since he became North Korea’s...

F-35 Ready For Missile Defense By 2025: MDA Chief

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. CAPITOL HILL: F-35 Joint Strike Fighters could detect, track, and, possibly, even shoot down ballistic missiles by 2025, the Missile Defense Agency director told Congress this morning. “I’d say...

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