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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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Is Australia serious about its defence?

I opened up a line of discussion prompted by Dr Ross Babbage’s article on the problems with Australia’s defence policy after the last budget.

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The Kurils: Japan needs to move on

The 37th G-8 Summit in Deauville, France, gave Russia an opportunity to strengthen its foothold in the Pacific, and not just through a final go-ahead of the Mistral amphibious ships deal, which has become a stumbling block in the past two months or so.

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The ripples of bin Laden’s death

The crimes of Osama bin Laden on 11 September 2001 had lasting, devastating strategic impacts. His death in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad will also have ripples across the international security landscape — and not all the effects will be benign.

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It’s the Way Osama was Killed that is Important

The death of Osama Bin Laden will make no difference to global terrorism inspired by Islamic fundamentalism and will have scant impact on the war in Afghanistan.

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R2P from 10,000 feet

Those in favour of intervention in Libya were quick to cite R2P as the justification for their actions. As the conflict begins to resemble a stalemate, the disconnect between the message and the means has become apparent.

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At the END: Weathering change

The world’s strategic, political and nuclear landscape is changing, and the United States and its allies must adapt: that is the chief point of agreement among all of the contributors to our blog debate on extended nuclear deterrence (END).

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Libya: Should we go around the UN?

The view of Anthony Cordesman on the predicament of NATO and the no-fly zone over Libya, raises important questions for the world and for Australia.

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Russia’s power ambitions in the Pacific

On 9 February 2011, Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced plans to deploy a pair of French built Mistral-class Amphibious Assault, Command and Force Projection ships to the Pacific maritime theatre.

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