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Peter Dutton (right) is set to assume responsibility for the newly created home affairs portfolio. AAP/Mick Tsikas

New home affairs department seems to be more about politics than reform

20 July 2017

It is difficult not to give in to cynical impulses over Tuesday’s announcement that the government will create a department of home affairs. Described as a “federation of border and security...

Vietnam is a Promising Partner for the Trump Administration

13 July 2017

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was the first Southeast Asian head of state — and the third from Asia (after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping) — to meet...

Missile defence for Australia? Expensive and probably not wise

12 July 2017

Following the most recent tests by North Korea of a missile that might be able to hit Alaska, the prospect of a direct threat to Australia from the Kim regime is exciting the Australian defence...

Photo by US Missile Defense Agency

Time for a shield wall?

12 July 2017

North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week has many concerned that the crisis on the Korean Peninsula is entering a new and dangerous phase. The Australian media has...

Militia leaders and fighters surrendered weapons and ammunition in 2003 after the international mission restored peace to the islands. Photo: Gary Ramage

As RAMSI's costly Solomon Islands rescue mission ends, its gains may vanish swiftly

30 June 2017

On Friday, one of Australia’s most significant, and expensive, foreign policy forays of recent times will come to an end. Over the last 14 years, more than $3 billion was spent on a tiny...

Unsurprisingly, the Jason Bourne films won’t tell you much about ASIO. Bourne Supremacy screenshot/Universal

How popular culture gets Australian spy work wrong

21 June 2017

The cloak-and-dagger exploits of characters like James Bond and Jason Bourne have shaped our cultural idea of spy work. But these films, made mostly in the US and UK, have little to do with the...

Image courtesy of Pixabay user ponce_photography.

Trump—channelling George Kennan, eight decades on

14 June 2017

In his blustering, bumbling way, Trump may be fulfilling the long held ambition of George Kennan on the world order. And while the transition is risky, it may ultimately be for the best. To see why,...

 Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army. Concerns have been raised about collaboration between Australian research institutes and Chinese defence interests. Photograph: Reuters

CSIRO cooperation with Chinese defence contractor should raise questions

7 June 2017

In April 2017 a joint centre for advanced science and technology research was launched at the University of Technology, Sydney. The partner and funder is the China Electronics Group Corporation (CETC...

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun salutes as he leaves the monument of King Rama I after signing a new constitution in Bangkok, Thailand April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

Thailand’s constitutional dispossession

7 June 2017

On 6 April 2017, Thailand’s 20th constitution came into force, replacing a temporary constitution that was handed down in the wake of the country’s most recent coup almost three years earlier. The...

Source: AP

A professor detained for his thoughts

7 June 2017

Article originally written by Yukti Mukdawijitra. Note: On 29 April, a university professor was arrested as part of a sweep of six individuals accused of committing lèse majesté by posting to...

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