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Police standby as protesters gather outside the annual general meeting for Transfield at the Sydney mint on October 28, 2015. Image by AFP

Detention centres and Transfield

29 October 2015

Companies like Transfield are under attack for running offshore migration detention centres, but they are the wrong target, argues Carly Gordyn.Incidents of asylum seeker self-harm occur roughly ...

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (centre L) and his wife Chow Mei-ching (centre R) during a National Day ceremony in front of the presidential palace in Taipei on October 10, 2015. Image by AFP.

Taiwan's election result could push US and China closer to conflict

27 October 2015

 With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question, writes Hugh White. Things in the South China Sea look dangerous enough, but worse might be coming. On January...

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Politics podcast: John Blaxland on his new book, The Official History of ASIO

27 October 2015

Michelle Grattan discusses the newly released book The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963-1975 with its author, John Blaxland. Among several controversies, they review the evidence...

Children and Global Conflict

Children and Global Conflict

21 October 2015

Over one billion people under the age of eighteen live in territories affected by armed conflict. Despite this, scholars and practitioners often lack a comprehensive knowledge of how children both...

Holding a flare to mark amphibious landing. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the Australian Defence Force.

The bigger challenge for the ADF’s amphibious capability

21 October 2015

Peter Dean and Ken Gleiman’s recent paper Beyond 2017: the Australian Defence Force and amphibious warfare is undoubtedly timely: first, because policy that will shape important decisions to be made...

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Sea change

19 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing's land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

USS Carl Vinson sailing through the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Pacific Fleet.

Asia Pacific: stability and strategic transformation?

16 October 2015

The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Regional Security Outlook (CRSO) 2016: Can the Asia Pacific region preserve order and stability while managing a strategic transformation?The...

Source: Canberra Times

Wave of rhetoric on South China Sea sets dangerous tone

15 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing’s land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

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Dirty politics in Vanuatu

14 October 2015

People in Vanuatu know politics is a dirty business. But it is one thing to know, and another to watch politicians being legally held to account, writes SIOBHAN McDONNELL A fierce political cyclone...

Source: AAP/EAF

What’s displacing Air Sea Battle in US military planning?

1 October 2015

In a slow moving transition underway since late 2014, there are strong signs that the often-criticised US Air Sea Battle operational concept is being quietly — albeit not officially — sidelined as a...

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