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Will the lucky ally become the ambitious ally?

By Michael Shoebridge What do President Donald Trump and ‘America First’ mean for AUSMIN—the upcoming annual meeting between Australian and US defence ministers Marise Payne and Jim Mattis, and foreign ministers Julie Bishop and...

Merkel’s house divided

By Slawomir Sierakowski Divisions within Germany’s ruling coalition over refugees have started to jeopardise Chancellor Angela Merkel’s control of the government. To put down a rebellion launched by her own interior minister, Horst Seehofer...

Google Helps Chinese Military, Why Not US? Bob Work

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. Despite its ethnical objections to helping the Pentagon, Google indirectly and inadvertently assists the Chinese military, which has tentacles into the tech giant’s ventures in China, former deputy secretary...

AI Can Help Fix DoD Spending And Audits

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. WASHINGTON: Artificial intelligence and big data can help the Pentagon figure out how it actually spends almost $700 billion a year, especially since much of the Defense Department still...

Trump administration: sick of winning

By Peter Jennings Fifteen months ago, I wrote an ASPI Strategist article setting out four scenarios for the future of the Trump administration based on how Trump might handle two driving factors. The first...

The five-domains update

By Christopher Dixon, Jessica Clarence, Amelia Meurant-Tompkinson and Melissa Liberatore Sea state The German Navy frigate FGS Sashen has been damaged in a failed missile launch. During drills off the Norwegian coast, a missile...

Deterring Russia

By Hugh White If you wanted to sum up America’s (and its allies’) military-strategic posture towards China in Asia today in a sentence, you’d say that we aim to deter China from using force...

On being a PNG MP

By Taboi Awi Yoto There’s a public perception out there that MPs have a lot of money. In Western Province, many assume that MPs and the Governor are supposed to have all the money...

The political decline of religion in the Middle East

By Shlomo Ben-Ami When one thinks of conflict in the Middle East, religious factors are probably among the first that come to mind. But, nowadays, competing strategic interests and imperial ambitions play a much...

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