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The Five Deaths in the Murder of Miroslava Breach

By Giancarlo Fiorella Two women who were taking a selfie at an airstrip in Chihuahua highlands died, it seemed, accidentally; a pilot who flew o the Tarahumara highlands and a retired martial arts teacher...

Policy, Guns and Money: Hong Kong and opioids

By ASPI staff In this episode, ASPI’s Michael Shoebridge and Marcus Hellyer discuss the pro-democracy protests rocking Hong Kong and the likelihood of a violent intervention from Beijing. Later on in the podcast, Renee...

Policy, Guns and Money: Hong Kong and opioids

By ASPI staff In this episode, ASPI’s Michael Shoebridge and Marcus Hellyer discuss the pro-democracy protests rocking Hong Kong and the likelihood of a violent intervention from Beijing. Later on in the podcast, Renee...

National security wrap

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard The beat Top cop says UK risks becoming ‘Orwellian’ police state The commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, has warned that the UK could become...

US foreign policy after Trump

By Joseph S. Nye US President Donald Trump’s behaviour at last month’s G7 meeting in Biarritz was criticised as careless and disruptive by many observers. Others argued that the press and pundits pay too...

The “Hardcore” Russian Neo-Nazi Group That Calls Ukraine Home

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring Written by Michael Colborne with contributions from Oleksiy Kuzmenko They’re devoted to a brand of neo-Nazism so blatant, including openly glorifying Hitler, that even its leader admits is too “hardcore”...

The Pacific diaspora as drivers of impact investment

By Caleb Jarvis In an earlier blog I explored how the impact investment model is well suited to the Pacific. Two impact investments facilitated by PTI Australia – Tanna Coffee and Coconut Cluster –...

Why the fifth domain is different

By Lesley Seebeck Domains of warfare seem to be proliferating rapidly these days. In Thucydides’ time, battles were fought on land and at sea—two domains. The combination of the two multiplied the complexity and...

The Leads Not Investigated In The Miroslava Breach Murder

By Bellingcat Investigation Team Over the past 10 years, at least 82 journalists have been killed in Mexico for exercising their profession. This gruesome death toll makes Mexico one of the most dangerous countries...

Australia waives the rules with Timor-Leste

By Mark Beeson Australia is one of the most outspoken and prominent supporters of the ‘rules-based international order’. Given its status as a modestly credentialled middle power with a limited capacity to influence the...

The month in women, peace and security: August 2019

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Samoa holds WPS summit On 22 and 23 August, New Zealand’s defence ministry and Samoa’s foreign affairs ministry co-hosted a summit on women, peace and security...

From the bookshelf: ‘The costs of conversation’

By Rod Lyon Oriana Skylar Mastro’s recently published book, The costs of conversation: obstacles to peace talks in wartime, is a tight, densely written piece of prose. Mastro is an assistant professor of security...

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