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Indonesia and Australia: destined but disparate democracies

By Graeme Dobell ‘Relations with Indonesia have provided the crucible of modern Australian foreign policy.’ —Bruce Grant, 1972 The great Australian scribe, Bruce Grant, penned that thought about Indonesia–Australia tests and trials in the...

IPA and impact evaluation in fragile states

By Chris Hoy and Ricardo Morel Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Ricardo Morel, the Myanmar Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), who was in Canberra for the Myanmar Update at...

The Yemen Project: ADE10001 – Fayoush Market Strike

By yemenproject Incident ID: ADE10001 Location: al-Fayush Livestock [goats and sheep]/Qat Market, Lahj Governorate Co-ordinates: 12.979582, 44.937651 Incident grading: Confirmed Date: 06/07/2015 Time: 0545 AST (according to Yemeni government report) or mid-day according to...

The Yemen Project: Announcement

By yemenproject Bellingcat and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) today announces the release of the first round of investigations as part of a new project examining the campaign of airstrikes carried out by...

The Yemen Project: Announcement

By yemenproject Bellingcat and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) today announces the release of the first round of investigations as part of a new project examining the campaign of airstrikes carried out by...

OOB Notes

By Russian Defense Policy Here’s a link to a new version of the OOB notes. It has several pages of new info and other changes and corrections. It’s a short version of a longer...

An Open Source Survey of the Shooting of Lyra McKee

By Bellingcat Investigation Team All times appear as local time UTC+1. On the night of April 18 2019, a confrontation between Republican dissidents and police in the Creggan area of Derry/Londonderry resulted in the...

China’s Theft & Espionage: What Must Be Done

By Nicholas Eftimiades Screening Chinese students and academics isn’t the solution when less than one percent of them are bad actors. So what will work? …read more From:: Breaking Defense (Policy)

Hopping off for Easter

By The Editors We’re taking a couple of days off from publishing duties over the Easter break. We’ll return to our normal programming on Tuesday, starting with Graeme Dobell’s look at two neighbours that...

Quilliam Bulletin 18-04-2019

By Quilliam Admin READ:- Quilliam International’s founder, Maajid Nawaz published a piece in the Jewish News on why the word ‘Islamophobia’ and how its definition is no longer fit for purpose. READ MORE Listen:...

National security wrap

By Genevieve Feely, Rhys De Wilde, Mali Walker and Luke Courtois The beat Millions of New Zealanders flagged in police database An investigation by the Otago Daily Times has revealed that 40% of New...

The Kremlin’s little green duds

By Carl Bildt Five years ago this month, a small force of ‘little green men’—soldiers wearing no national insignia—seized control of a police station in Sloviansk, a small village in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast....

Taking Australian diplomacy digital

By Dave Sharma Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has come a long way in a short time in its embrace of digital tools and technology. DFAT, and most of our embassies around...

Beyond ‘aid in the national interest’

By Nilima Gulrajani Consider this thought experiment. If the provision of bilateral foreign aid overseas threatened the national interest, would it ever be provided? Surely, it must be at least a benign force or...

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