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A nuclear world in disarray

By Ramesh Thakur We are in a uniquely dangerous period in the atomic age. Geopolitical tensions have spiked in Europe, in the Middle East, on the subcontinent and in East Asia. The nuclear arms...

Speaking truth to power

By Joseph S. Nye US President Donald Trump’s nomination of John Ratcliffe, a highly partisan Congressman with little international experience, to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence raised the red flag of...

Bellingcat Podcast: MH17, Episode 4 Guide: Manhunt

By Bellingcat Podcast You can listen to the fourth episode of the Bellingcat Podcast on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), “Manhunt”, by subscribing on any major podcast application by searching “Bellingcat”,...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state Last Wednesday, a Chinese naval warship collided with a Taiwanese freighter in the Taiwan Strait at around 8 pm local time. Both vessels suffered...

Damming the Mekong Basin to environmental hell

By Brahma Chellaney Major dam construction projects have become a favorite pastime of some autocratic governments, with China leading the way. But, far from protecting against water shortages, as supporters promise, large dams are...

Sanctions: the new economic battlefield

By David Uren Economic warfare is being fought with an intensity not seen since the period leading up to World War II as countries deploy tariffs, embargoes and economic sanctions to force policy changes...

ASPI explains: 8chan

By Elise Thomas On 3 August at around 11 am, a 21-year-old man named Patrick Crosius posted a PDF to an online forum. Ninety minutes later, he walked into a Walmart in El Paso,...

Social mobilisation in a contested environment

By Peter Layton As geostrategic circumstances darken, there’s new interest in military mobilisation. For Australia, that involves moving the Australian Defence Force beyond its normal peacetime rate of effort. It can be an all-of-nation...

China’s Cambodian invasion

By Sam Rainsy It has long been feared that Cambodia’s growing dependence on China—its largest aid donor, investor and creditor—would lead to a Chinese military presence in the country. According to a recent Wall...

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