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Greece and the nattering nabobs of the Anglosphere
Four observations about the AIIB's Articles of Agreement
Middle East and small island states top priorities as New Zealand takes on UNSC presidency
Canberra's Singapore swing
Religion over rights in Indonesian marriage law
Who are you calling radical, radical?
Weekend catch-up: Papua, Waterloo and the Cold War, Japan-South Korea, risk assessment and more
Rumours of a Turkish invasion of northern Syria
What if Beijing and Washington understood each other perfectly...but still clashed?
Julie Bishop talks soft power at the Lowy Institute, but where was digital diplomacy?
The stories we never hear from Papua
Don't blame Obama for ISIS
China's worldview, in six parts
South China Sea: Washington says one thing but Beijing hears another
Putin's pivot: The Russians are coming to Asia
Was India's special-forces raid into Myanmar a signal to China and Pakistan?
Al Jazeera poll shows alarming levels of support for ISIS
Shangri La Dialogue: Ash Carter strikes determined, reasonable tone
In praise of Sam's Linkages
Reader riposte: Trade with the UAE
Defence and security linkage
10 August 2012 11:17AM
Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith spoke yesterday at the Lowy Institute
. While he may have left a lot unsaid about how Canberra can reconcile defence budget cuts with unchanged core strategic assessments and capability needs, at least he recognised the Indo-Pacific nature of Australia's strategic environment, something I will blog further about shortly.
Mr Smith also publicly promised to read Hugh White's stark and provocative new book
The China Choice
, which is making a big splash this week. My own detailed critique is
here in The Diplomat
. Hugh is right to sound the alarm on complacency over Asian stability. But could a Chinese sphere of influence really be negotiated as a viable part of the solution?
Certainly there's a need for US-China arms control, though it is worth remembering how far we still are from the Cold War arms race. Yesterday I met former Soviet rocket commander Valery Yarynich, an extraordinary man whose life has gone from sitting in a bunker with his finger on the nuclear button during the Cuban missile crisis to his tireless advocacy today of nuclear arms control, de-alerting and ultimately disarmament. Read about his
terrifying work on the real-world Doomsday Machine in the 1980s
Like a satellite, but cheaper: the US Army's football-field-sized
surveillance airship makes its first flight
. More details
Just a reminder to Australia's promising strategic thinkers: applications close today for the
Thawley scholarship at Lowy and CSIS
recently unveiled 'stealth chopper'
is almost certainly just a prop for a new film about the Osama bin Laden raid. Here's the first teaser for the movie, Zero Dark Thirty:
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