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“Dead Hand” Alive and Modernized?

By Russian Defense Policy From Friday’s news . . . . “Russia could shift to preemptive nuclear strike doctrine — ex-chief of RVSN” “Retaliatory nuclear strike command and control system ‘Perimeter’ has been modernized”...

Big-power decathlon in a hot peace

By Graeme Dobell The emerging era of great-power competition shapes as a hot peace. ‘Hot peace’ is a better label for what the world faces than ‘new cold war’, not least because we’re well...

The price of peace

By Paul Kelly The Great War, 1914–18, was the most convulsive, tragic and defining event in Australian history. Its sacrifices bequeathed the bond of nationhood. But such sacrifice left the young country fractured by...

Sophia Ignatidou

By nick.capeling Academy Fellow, International Security Department Biography Sophia Ignatidou has been working as a journalist and digital sub-editor for more than 15 years for national print and online media in London and her...

Debunking Maps of Alleged “Islamic No Go Zones” in London

By Dan Kaszeta Various right-of-centre political commenters have, at different times, alluded to the existence of so-called “Islamic no go zones” in Western Europe. Generally, these are defined broadly and variously areas where the...

At last, another female UN force commander

By Lisa Sharland Overnight, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Australian Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, on promotion to major general, as the next force commander of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP)....

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Jack Norton and Malcolm Davis The world Kicking off in the US with the 2018 midterm elections, the ‘blue wave’ seemed more like a strong ripple as the Democrats took control...

Morrison’s Pacific pivot

By Michael Shoebridge Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given an expansive speech about Australia’s strategy for the South Pacific. And he’s backed his words with new resources—some $2 billion in funding for infrastructure and...

Nuclear Subs Starving the Fleet (Part II)

By Russian Defense Policy Some comments on Klimov’s VPK article . . . . In his short opinion piece, Klimov doesn’t systematically address the cost-benefit of Russia’s nuclear-powered submarine forces. But he has an...

Nuclear Subs Starving the Fleet (Part II)

By Russian Defense Policy Some comments on Klimov’s VPK article . . . . In his short opinion piece, Klimov doesn’t systematically address the cost-benefit of Russia’s nuclear-powered submarine forces. But he has an...

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