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Risk and imagination in the Trump era

17 February 2017

The most important quality in statecraft is imagination. The capacity to imagine consequences of actions, as well as inaction, and devise a path through what are often a range of unappetising...

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The Yemen raid and the ghost of Anwar al-Awlaki

10 February 2017

President Donald Trump has begun forging his own legacy in the ongoing wars on terror. On the same weekend that he signed his executive order temporarily banning travel to the United States from...

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Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

2 February 2017

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious...

Jihadist Threat in 2017

11 January 2017

2017 promises a more volatile and diffuse jihadist threat as the war on ISIS causes various Islamist extremist groups to strategically evolve as they compete for attention and influence. This dynamic...

Indonesian military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo talks to reporters in Jakarta

Glitch underlines the priority of Indonesia-Australia cooperation

6 January 2017

While there is no cause for the Australian army to censor critical discussion of the darker realities of our defence partners’ histories or contemporary affairs, if experienced Australian soldiers...

Dutertes year of living dangerously

Duterte's year of living dangerously

27 December 2016

Philippine politics in 2016 has been dominated by Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power. With five contenders for the presidency, pre-election polls in early January 2016 indicated that the administration...

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

20 December 2016

How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to hearing stories...

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Walking the Blue Line: Lebanon’s Security Sector Reform

19 December 2016

Following civil war, re-establishing the legitimacy of a state’s army is a crucial part of security sector reform and international actors can aid this process. The capacity-building work of the...

Indonesian President Joko Widodo a target over governor's alleged blasphemy

8 November 2016

The president was sufficiently spooked by the volatility in the nation’s sprawling capital to postpone his state visit to Australia, blaming unnamed “political actors” who he said hijacked the...

Protests in Indonesia

7 November 2016

Michael McLaren speaks to Associate Professor Greg Fealy from the Department of Political and Social Change at ANU about the weekend protests in Indonesia and whether hardline Islamists are...

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