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India threat?

India is presently investing in a sustained program of military modernisation. Some $40bn was earmarked for defence in the budget for 2012–13, with a significant proportion to be spent on new weapons.

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International cyber security: a divided road

In the globalised, interdependent world in which we live our modern lives, the keystone that keeps much of our economies, infrastructures, lines of communication, defence, security, intelligence and social capital enabled is the cyber domain.

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Interview: Walter Russell Mead on Asia’s game of thrones

Below is the first instalment of my interview series with renowned US foreign policy analyst Walter Russell Mead, Editor-at-Large for The American Interest and author of Special Providence and God and Gold.

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Demystifying Darwin

Chinese strategic thinkers, who previously did not pay much attention to far-off Australia, now want to know more about the ‘Darwin decision’.

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R2P and Syria: Avoiding collateral damage

We are in danger of drawing the wrong conclusions from the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Syria.

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Timor-Leste: Everybody needs good neighbours

Early in 2010, Afghan President Hamid Karzai was sitting in Kabul with some diplomats who had served in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

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On Kevin as Foreign Minister

by Graeme Dobell Before the political firestorm consumes every ounce of oxygen in Canberra, let’s consider Kevin Rudd’s foreign policy performance. As Foreign Minister, his work rate was prodigious. The ambition nearly as high. The self-confidence and the sense of conviction never flagged. The intensity was undoubted; only the ultimate intent was regularly questioned. This was […]

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Afghan a game of Russian roulette

THE US-led International Security Assistance Force has set a deadline to conclude the campaign in Afghanistan.

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Europe calls Gates’ bluff

By now you’ve probably read that retiring US Defense Secretary Robert Gates had some stern words for European NATO members late last week.

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Burma and Libya: The politics of inconsistency

Lord Palmerston said nearly 200 years ago that countries have no eternal allies or perpetual enemies, only eternal and perpetual interests.

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