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GDP isn’t everything

By David Uren The Economist recently contrasted the cold shoulder that Russian President Vladimir Putin received at the 2014 Brisbane G20 Summit in the wake of his annexation of Crimea, invasion of Ukraine and...

The month in women, peace and security: October 2019

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Annual WPS stocktake On 29 October the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2493, reaffirming its commitment to the full and continuing implementation of all previous resolutions...

Time for donors to do development differently

By Sarah Garap Meri I Kirap (Women Arise) and Kup Women for Peace (KWP) are two well-known women’s groups in Simbu in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Both organisations started around 2000,...

Australia’s defence: the tangle of kit, costs and complexity

By Graeme Dobell ‘Strategy without money is not strategy.’ —Arthur Tange* ‘Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult.’ —Carl von Clausewitz* Australian governments are always trying to simplify defence...

Time for donors to do development differently

By Sarah Garap There are two well-known women’s groups in Simbu in the Highlands of PNG. Both organisations started around 2000, and I have been involved as a founding member in both for the...

Cold War Sans CoCom

By Russian Defense Policy Russia’s Kovrov Electromechanical Plant (KEMZ) is set to begin producing licensed copies of Takisawa’s TMX-4000 five-axis digital milling machine. KEMZ and Japan’s Takisawa have a contract for joint production of...

Cold War Sans CoCom

By Russian Defense Policy Russia’s Kovrov Electromechanical Plant (KEMZ) is set to begin producing licensed copies of Takisawa’s TMX-4000 five-axis digital milling machine. KEMZ and Japan’s Takisawa have a contract for joint production of...

Cold War Sans CoCom

By Russian Defense Policy Russia’s Kovrov Electromechanical Plant (KEMZ) is set to begin producing licensed copies of Takisawa’s TMX-4000 five-axis digital milling machine. KEMZ and Japan’s Takisawa have a contract for joint production of...

At Long Last, the F-35 and F-22 Might Talk to Each Other

By Patrick Tucker, Defense One And once service officials can digitally link two of the military’s stealthiest platforms, they’re going to try to link everything else. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Aakriti Bachhawat and Luke Courtois The world The US State Department has released a report highlighting how the US is engaging with its partners to implement its strategy of improving economics,...

Yemen: money over morality

By James Brorson Weapons and expertise provided by Western countries have enabled some of the world’s richest nations to bring high-level mechanised warfare to Yemen, one of the poorest places on the planet. In...

Dogolachan And The Ghost Of Massacres Past

By Robert Evans and Leonardo Coelho On March 13, 2019, two young men entered their former high school in the small city of Suzano in São Paulo, Brazil. The first one in, Guilherme Taucci,...

Australia needs to back itself on rare earths

By Luke Bowen Critical minerals such as rare earths are driving faster and more powerful technologies and Australia is an ideal place to source and develop these new materials. Rare earths, including those transformed...

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