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August 13, 2009
On the Cyber Warpath
An intelligence specialist considers the implications of the recent attacks by Chinese hackers on the website of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
On the Cyber Warpath
July 26, 2009
The United States and Asia
The Diplomat spoke recently with Stephen Yates, senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and former Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, and Christian Whiton, a former deputy special envoy to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, about North Korea, China and US relations with Japan.
The United States and Asia
June 10, 2009
Below the Surface
The 20th anniversary earlier this month of the Tiananmen tragedy has given China-watchers an opportunity to take stock of their analyses over the past two decades. And, given the recent media and policy attention lavished on China’s maritime ambitions, it is worth looking back at Western studies of the Chinese navy and its impressive advances in recent years. However, a closer look at many of those predictions shows, at best, a patchy record of success – and, at worst, some worrying analytical shortcomings.
Below the Surface
June 02, 2009
Interview with Ali Allawi
James Robertson recently caught up with Allawi for The Diplomat to discuss what he calls ‘The Crisis of Islamic Civilization’, as Barack Obama prepares to visit the Middle East to deliver a major address redefining US relations with Islam.
Interview with Ali Allawi
May 10, 2009
China's Maritime Missile Threat
Last month was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). At the naval parade held to commemorate the event, in front of delegations from 29 countries, PLAN Commander General Wu Shengli declared that Beijing intended to build aircraft carriers, spurring widespread speculation over China’s blue-water ambitions.
China's Maritime Missile Threat
May 07, 2009
The Bhutan Inssurgencies
The cliff-perched fortresses that dot Bhutan’s mountainous perimeter serve as a testimony to a longstanding effort to keep out foreigners.
The Bhutan Inssurgencies
Bioterrorism in Asia
May 07, 2009
Bioterrorism in Asia
The dramatically titled World at Risk report released in December 2008 by a US congressional commission predicting that a bioterrorist attack is likely in the next five years may have been aimed primarily at a domestic American audience, but it has also served to remind Asian nations of their vulnerability.
Bioterrorism in Asia
May 07, 2009
Inside the Axis of Evil
Living in Kemalist Turkey is instructive in how a country can nourish a Great Leader cult and still veer short of dictatorship.
Inside the Axis of Evil
February 02, 2009
Where Now For Hamas?
Just before midday on 27 December, 2008, Israel’s air force,the fourth largest in the world, attacked more than 40 locations in the Gaza Strip.
Where Now For Hamas?
February 02, 2009
Jihad: The Struggle Continues
When 10 gunmen terrorised central Mumbai for three days last November, effectively holding an emerging great power to ransom, elements from within Pakistan were immediately suspected.
Jihad: The Struggle Continues
February 02, 2009
The Impact Of Somali Piracy
Graham Cooke explores the link between piracy and Islamic extremism in the Gulf of Aden.
The Impact Of Somali Piracy
February 02, 2009
The Fever That Swept The West
Now that the ‘age of change’ is here, Richard Neville questions Australia’s role in post-9/11 security excesses.
The Fever That Swept The West
December 22, 2008
Asian Space Race
India’s launch in late October 2008 of its first lunar mission marked its ascendancy to an elite group of nations.
Asian Space Race
December 22, 2008
Looking Ahead...
Given the potential for the current financial turmoil to weaken international commitment to multilateralism, the coming year will be vital for the Rudd Government to drive effective global solutions to key global problems.
Looking Ahead...
November 01, 2008
Cyberspace in Pakistan is no terrorist playground, says this expert.
US President George Bush is now calling Pakistan one of three “theatres” in the War on Terror, and authorising deadly raids into its territory.
Cyberspace in Pakistan is no terrorist playground, says this expert.
November 01, 2008
Security Council Wheel of Fortune
Ignoring the need to quietly and steadily rebuild relationships and Australia’s international reputation, Rudd in a grand statement announced that Australia will seek a seat on the UN Security Council in 2013.
Security Council Wheel of Fortune
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