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An Ordinary Conflict

By Russian Defense Policy Broken glass in the barracks (photo: Ura.ru) Some may have seen this picture of the aftermath of a massive brawl which occurred on August 2 between 60 Tuvan contractees and...

More MOD Graphics

By Russian Defense Policy This week, the Russian MOD reported 1,793 individuals accepted on contract service and 1,379 going through the selection process. For military transportation, 185 aircraft, 3,000 vehicles, 900 trains, and 10...

Fighting Erupts In Eastern Ukraine

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1265: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be foundAn Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine …read more From:: The Interpreter...

A Sharp Decrease In Ceasefire Violations In Ukraine

By Interpreter Staff Ukraine Day 1264: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be foundAn Invasion By Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine …read more From:: The Interpreter...

Gonggar During the Doka La Standoff

By Chris Biggers Imagery acquired on 24DEC2016 of Gonggar Airbase, Tibet Autonomous Region. (Digitalglobe) This most recent rotation of the fourth generation fighters arrived between April and May 2017 taking the place of another...

How to Be Like Ike

By website@atlanticcouncil.org (Steven Grundman) Project Solarium as a model for assessing defense-industrial policy It is hard not to read a pretext for protectionism into the Executive Order President Trump signed last month under the...

‘Tragic but distinguishable postwar states’

By Rod Lyon As some readers will probably recognise, the title of this post is a phrase drawn from Herman Kahn’s On thermonuclear war, one of the more depressing texts of the 20th century....

Is The Arctic The Next South China Sea? Not Really

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. WASHINGTON: Oil, gas, and minerals on the seabed. Disputed territorial claims. An increasingly aggressive China. Are we talking about the South China Sea or the Arctic Ocean? “As I...

Contractors in Afghanistan: What Erik Prince Gets Right

By Mark Cancian Eric Prince, the former CEO of Blackwater, argues for expanded use of contractors in Afghanistan. Some of his proposals deserve attention. The idea apparently resonated with the White House (though not...

ASPI suggests

By James Mugg Welcome back to ASPI suggests. This week’s unsolicited advice is to never use all your A-material on the first try—just in case you’re invited to perform once again. On Monday, North...

Winners and losers in the 2017 PNG elections

By Terence Wood Papua New Guinea isn’t an easy place to be a sitting MP come election time. Typically, over half of all incumbents who contest their seats lose them. On the basis of...

Pakistan’s soft coup

By Mohammed Ayoob Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted from office on 28 July for the third time, not because he lost an election but because of the intervention of non-parliamentary institutions in...

African democracy in the spotlight (part 1)

By Terence McNamee Democracy in Africa is in the spotlight as more than 30 million voters in Angola, Rwanda and Kenya get set to go to the polls in August. If the number of...

Australia–Philippines strategic relations: taking the long view

By Benjamin Schreer The Philippines is poised to become strategically more important to Australia, leading to opportunities for intensified defence cooperation. At a recent dialogue held in Manila on deepening the Australia–Philippines relationship, hosted...

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