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Careless Donald Trump is a danger to Australia and Asia

Donald Trump has made an idiotic and potentially incendiary claim about one of the world’s most flammable strategic tinder boxes. Asia has serious strategic problems. It needs serious strategic solutions. Instead, on the weekend it got the thoughts, if that’s what you can call them, of Donald Trump… Source: Careless Donald Trump is a danger to Australia and Asia Read More »

Opinion: Don’t Miss the Boat on Australian and U.S. Policy in the South China Sea

Australia’s 2016 Defense White Paper expresses concern over “friction” in the South China Sea (SCS) arising from U.S.-Chinese naval interactions, and it worries that territorial disputes have created “uncertainty and tension.” Those statements, which show Canberra (like the rest of the states in the Indo-Pacific region) is slowly coming around to the gathering threat posed […] Source: Opinion: Don’t Miss the Boat on Australian and U.S. Policy in the South China Sea – USNI News Read More »

Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis?

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The biggest military defeat that Isis has suffered in more than two years. The recapture of Palmyra, the Roman city of the Empress Zenobia. And we are silent. Yes, folks, the bad guys won, didn’t they? Otherwise, we would all be celebrating, wouldn’t we? Source: Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis? | Voices | The Independent Read More »

The Long Battle for Palmyra

Syrian government forces have regained control of the historic city after a months-long siege by the Islamic State. Syrian government forces have regained control of Palmyra, the historic Syrian city that was overrun by the Islamic State in May of last year. Syrian state media reported Sunday that government troops, backed by Shia… Source: The Long Battle for Palmyra – The Atlantic Read More »

Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Zaventem airport and the Brussels metro system that killed 31 and wounded almost 300, the world reeled and commentary from global leaders, the media and various social analysts poured forth. On the one hand, you have those exacerbating the fear and uncertainty, while on the other, you have moments of extraordinary clarity, and reports of humanity and kindness…. Source: Brussels attacks: giving in to hate means ISIS wins, writes Karen Brooks | ... Read More »

Wave of sympathy for Israeli who shot injured Palestinian

Human rights group filmed shooting of wounded assailant in head. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has defended the army decision to arrest a soldier over the shooting of a subdued Palestinian assailant following a wave of sympathy for the soldier who is suspected of murder. Source: Wave of sympathy for Israeli who shot injured Palestinian Read More »

Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria

Moscow entered and exited the conflict all within five months. Vladimir Putin’s surprise announcement that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops stationed in Syria will lead to much speculation over his true motives for doing so. Has the Russian military, as his announcement claimed, actually achieved its… Source: Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria | The National Interest Read More »

After Brussels, a new challenge for Defence

Our military is unprepared for 21st century threats and shows little sign of changing. The hellish destruction in Brussels strikes at the very heart of our conceit that government can protect us. It can’t. Not any more. The terrorists have learnt to hit, hard, the myriad of vulnerabilities that exist everywhere in modern societies. Each offers the opportunity for… Source: After Brussels, a new challenge for Defence Read More »

Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone?

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China opened up a new front for South China Sea conflict this week when one of its coast guard vessels collided with an Indonesian coast guard ship in the process of towing a captured Chinese vessel alleged to be engaged in illegal fishing. In a remarkably direct and frank statement, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister protested China’s… Source: Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone? – Lawfare Read More »

Chinese media laud hacker for US spying

Spying on the US is a service to China, state-run media said on March 24, singing the praises of a man who confessed to hacking American defence contractors on Beijing’s behalf. Chinese national Su Bin, 50, pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from the companies, including plans for transport planes and fighter jets… Source: Chinese media laud hacker for US spying – ASIA Read More »

Analyst: Manila vs Beijing ruling to affect nations with similar claims

Other nations with expansive maritime claims over remote islets around the globe may have to reconsider their position if the international tribunal will rule in favor of Manila, an analyst said… Source: Analyst: Manila vs Beijing ruling to affect nations with similar claims | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com Read More »

Armed Conflict: Mediation, conciliation and peacekeeping | José Ramos-Horta

Key-note address by Jose Ramos­-Horta at the dinner preceding the final 16th retreat of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear ICM and IPI Colleagues:I am honored to be the keynote speaker for the Independent Commission on Multilateralism’s final 16th retreat. I do know this privilege stems from the kindness of our Chair, the Hon. Rudd and SG Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri; this… Source: Armed Conflict: Mediation, conciliation and peacekeeping | José Ramos-Horta Read More »

Jordan’s king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe

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Abdullah tells US politicians that radicals are being ‘manufactured in Turkey… as part of Turkish policy’. King Abdullah of Jordan accused Turkey of exporting terrorists to Europe at a top level meeting with senior US politicians in January, the MEE can reveal. The king said Europe’s biggest… Source: Jordan’s king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe | Middle East Eye Read More »

Turkey must accept responsibility for downed jet to restore relations – top Russian senator

Russian is ready to resume normal relations with Turkey on condition that Ankara takes the blame for the November downing of the Russian combat jet on the anti-terrorist mission in Syria, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko has said. “Russia-Turkey relations currently could be much better, to put it softly,” Matviyenko, whose role chairing Russia’s upper house of parliament makes her one of the country’s most influential officials, told RIA Novosti. “As you know, Russia is not… Source: Turkey must accept ... Read More »

Israeli-Turkish Relations Appear to be Thawing

Ankara’s increasing isolation believed behind the Turkish thaw […] A phone call from Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, represents a subtle but clear sign of improvement in the two Mediterranean states’ diplomacy. The warming in relations between the erstwhile allies follows a suicide bombing in… Source: Israeli-Turkish Relations Appear to be Thawing – The Media Line Read More »

SAS deployed in Libya since start of year, says leaked memo

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King Abdullah of Jordan indicates US was briefed about plans for Jordanian special forces to operate alongside… Randeep Ramesh The Guardian SAS forces have been deployed in Libya since the beginning of the year, according to a confidential briefing given to US congressional leaders by the king of… A leaked memo indicates the US… SAS deployed in… Read More »