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PAK FA HT to Militaryparitet.com for pointing to Lenta.ru on the status of work on PAK FA’s advanced “second phase” engine. Lenta (citing Interfaks) says a source close to ODK General Director Vladislav Masalov...

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PAK FA HT to Militaryparitet.com for pointing to Lenta.ru on the status of work on PAK FA’s advanced “second phase” engine. Lenta (citing Interfaks) says a source close to ODK General Director Vladislav Masalov...

New SecDef: Familiar Face, Familiar Problems

The White House on Friday formally announced its nominee to run the Pentagon during the final months of the Obama administration, tapping Ash Carter, a well-known technocrat who is expected to ‘hit the ground...

A Calibrated Response To ISIL

The ISIL-induced crisis in the Middle East is a major one with regional implications. With several years of dynamic change in the region, and the failure to create a stable Iraq during the period...

Moldova: a narrow win for pro-Europeans

On paper, the electoral victory of Moldova’s pro-European coalition looks solid enough: 55 of 101 parliamentary seats. However, the voting system is skewed slightly in their favour, and in terms of the popular vote,...

Sony and North Korea: Making the Case

The world of espionage is murky and uncertain. Cyberspace, given its links to espionage, shares these characteristics. This troubles many scholars, who would prefer certainty, and clear, easily discernable responsibilities for action, such as...

ASPI suggests

Kicking us off, War is Boring carries a piece on the ‘distressing and predictable’ effect of mortars used by state and non-state forces in Africa and the Middle East. Data collected over three years...

The China factor in Taiwan’s elections

Taiwan’s pro-China political party, the Kuomintang (KMT), was royally walloped in last weekend’s ‘nine-in-one’ nationwide local elections, losing 60% of their seats. As I wrote previously, these elections are important because they are widely...

Senate inquiry to look at aid to PNG

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee has announced today that it will hold an inquiry into bilateral aid to Papua New Guinea, with a public call for submissions. The request for...

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