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The month in women, peace and security: February 2019

By Luke Courtois, Rhys De Wilde, Genevieve Feely and Mali Walker Returning ‘jihadi brides’ The question of returning ‘jihadi brides’ (or mujahidis) has been a controversial topic this month. In particular, the case of...

Afghanistan’s next chapter

By Dhruva Jaishankar The recent geopolitical history of Afghanistan can be divided into five phases. But now it is at the cusp of another transition and the defining features of the new phase remain...

Preparing for the Era of Disasters

By Robert Glasser We are entering a new era in the security of Australia, not because of terrorism, the rise of China or even the cybersecurity threat, but because of climate change. As the...

The DFAT-AusAID integration review @AAC2019

By Richard Moore The Development Policy Centre’s 2019 Australasian Aid Conference could be a watershed in Australia’s approach to regional development, but only if all parties push on to make it so. There was...

Failure in Hanoi? Don’t sweat the small stuff

By Rod Lyon and Huong Le Thu Over recent days, commentators have been parsing the meaning of the breakdown of the US–DPRK summit last Friday. Most of the speculation turns upon the question of...

France’s burning hate

By Noëlle Lenoir Emmanuel Macron’s unexpected victory in the 2017 French presidential election, with 66% of the vote, made France seem, at least to some, a safe haven from the populism roiling European politics....

The five-domains update

By Rhys De Wilde, Luke Courtois, Mali Walker and Genevieve Feely Sea state The US Navy sent its guided-missile destroyer Stethem and cargo ship Cesar Chavez through the Taiwan Strait last Monday. This move...

Crashing and burning in Hanoi

By Malcolm Davis The world had high hopes for the outcome of the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi on 27 and 28 February. The...

Counterterrorism yearbook 2019

By Duncan Lewis This is the preface from ASPI’s Counterterrorism yearbook 2019, which was released today. The publication presents comprehensive analyses of the threat of terrorism in different states and regions, and how governments...

The University of Papua New Guinea in crisis

By Stephen Howes The University of Papua New Guinea has for a long time been in need of far-reaching reform. But not all change is good, and what has happened this year at UPNG...

Geolocation and a Philosopher’s Stone in Kashmir

By Timmi Allen On February 27 of this year, a MiG-21 Bison aircraft of the Indian Air Force was shot down over the contested Kashmir region of Pakistan. Soon afterward, pictures and videos showing...

Quilliam Bulletin 04-03-2019

By Quilliam Admin LISTEN: Quilliam International’s Chief Executive, Haras Rafiq, on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze debate titled ‘The Collapse of the Caliphate’ chaired by Micheal Buerk. Haras on Shamima Begum – “From a...

Does Australia need a merchant shipping fleet?

By Sam Bateman If elected to government, the Labor Party says it will enhance Australia’s economic sovereignty and national security by creating a strategic merchant shipping fleet. As a first step, it will appoint...

The Strategist Six: Karin von Hippel

By The Editors Welcome to The Strategist Six, a feature that provides a glimpse into the thinking of prominent academics, government officials, military officers, reporters and interesting individuals from around the world. 1. As...

Australia and Indonesia: towards a durable partnership

By Patrick Walters This essay is from ASPI’s election special, Agenda for change 2019: Strategic choices for the next government. The report contains 30 short essays by leading thinkers covering key strategic, defence and...

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