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The price of precision

By David Millar As Luke Skywalker switched off his computer in the final moments before targeting the thermal exhaust port on the Death Star, we marvelled at the power of the Force and the...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new maritime security agreement with Timor-Leste, which includes a deal for Australia to fund a new wharf...

The myths of Kashmir

By Brahma Chellaney The Indian government’s recent decision to revoke Kashmir’s special semi-autonomous status has raised fears of yet another conflict with Pakistan over the disputed territory. But in order to understand the implications...

Thinking about brain drain

By Ryan Edwards It is almost the tenth birthday of the article “Think Again: Brain Drain”, where Michael Clemens and David McKenzie – two of the best migration researchers – work through common concerns...

Thinking about brain drain

By Ryan Edwards It is almost the tenth birthday of the article “Think Again: Brain Drain”, where Michael Clemens and David McKenzie – two of the best migration researchers – work through common concerns...

Yemen Project Release: Attacks Causing Grave Civilian Harm

By Yemen Project Today we publish a cluster of 20 incident assessments, Attacks Causing Grave Civilian Harm, as part of our ongoing Yemen Project. These assessments are the product of in-depth open-source analysis focusing...

Yemen Project Release: Attacks Causing Grave Civilian Harm

By Yemen Project Today we publish a cluster of 20 incident assessments, Attacks Causing Grave Civilian Harm, as part of our ongoing Yemen Project. These assessments are the product of in-depth open-source analysis focusing...

Bringing Hong Kong back from the brink

By Keith B. Richburg After 13 straight weekends of unrelenting protests and an increasingly harsh police response, Hong Kong’s worst political crisis since its reversion to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 appears to have become...

Will the Iran conflict break the West?

By Mark Leonard Before last month’s G7 summit in Biarritz, France, it was a toss-up whether the greater disruption would come from US President Donald Trump or British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Yet the...

The last straw for independent Australian aid?

By Megan Williams and Caelin Briggs In a speech in late 2001, Colin Powell stunned humanitarian actors around the world by describing NGOs as a ‘force multiplier’ for the US diplomatic and defence efforts...

The agonies and arguments of Australian nuclear weapons

By Graeme Dobell ‘Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.’ — Saint Augustine of Hippo Pondering nuclear weapons, Hugh White offers Australia a reverse Augustine: Give me nuclear chastity, until there’s no alternative....

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Malcolm Davis and Genevieve Feely The world UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has prorogued parliament for five weeks beginning on 10 September in a bid that appears to be aimed at...

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