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Weekend catch-up: Putin's grand strategy, Obama in Syria, Kunduz, Malabar and more

[youtube:mv3QNyxeXKk] With Russia's ongoing air strikes in Syria, including land-attack cruise missiles fired from Russian naval vessels in the Caspian Sea, Kyle Wilson has written a three-part series on Putin's strategy and motivations: Putin has shown a gift for improvisation, especially as regards extracting advantage from setbacks. Show More Summary

Stephen Colbert on China pandering

More China brilliance from Stephen Colbert: [youtube:V4WBsahU3X4] Hey, it's just my opinion, but Colbert is a flat-out comedy genius. The new show is already excellent (here's a highlight), though surprisingly cerebral and political, given that he's on a big network in a key time-slot. Show More Summary

Vladimir of Taurus: Putin's Syria gambit and his global ambitions

Here are part 1 and part 2 of this three-part series, in which Kyle Wilson explains the personal, domestic and international motivations behind Putin's Syria strategy. So what does Putin want? His recent speech to the UN General Assembly listed all his main desiderata, from the macro to the micro. Show More Summary

This week in Jakarta: TNI, nightclubs and the Giant Sea Wall

The Indonesian National Armed Forces celebrated 70 years on Monday amid concerns about its recent encroachment into civilian affairs. Meanwhile, authorities mulled imposing a midnight curfew on entertainment venues in the capital, and...Show More Summary

The TPP is not a containment strategy

[youtube:WtNfLixcJO4] Is the TPP an effort to contain China? If you've been reading the papers or glancing at social media recently, you could be forgiven for thinking so. The New York Times didn't quite use the word containment, but...Show More Summary

Digital Asia links: Beijing CCTV, Indian cyber, South Korean apps, haze hackathons and more

The Asia Pacific is the most dynamic digital landscape in the world, home to the fastest adopters of new technologies and the largest concentration of mobile and social media users. An escalation in online activism, changing cyber dynamics,...Show More Summary

Malabar: Modi Government misses an opportunity as annual exercise slumps

US-India relations are in good shape. The personal relationship between Modi and Obama appears excellent, there are big, ambitious ideas in the pipeline – like US assistance to Indian carrier development – and the strategic dialogue is getting deeper in several ways. But things are falling short in some ways. Show More Summary

Guangxi bombings: Corruption and power-abuse take their toll in western China

[youtube:KO6y8ka-rXw] Seventeen parcel bombs exploded in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region last Wednesday, and there was a further explosion on Thursday. There were ten deaths, more than 50 casualties, and photos of a five storey building...Show More Summary

Vladimir of Taurus: What Putin thinks of Europe and the US

The first part of this series explained the personal and domestic political motivations behind his Syria strategy. Here the author explains how Putin and his compatriots view the world, and their scant regard for Anglosphere views on...Show More Summary

China: The backlash to Hillary Clinton's gender criticism explained

By Hannah Wurf, a Research Associate in the G20 Studies Centre, and Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus, an intern with the Lowy Institute's East Asia Program. Hillary Clinton sparked a debate about gender equality in China last week when she...Show More Summary

Indo-Pacific security links: Trans-Pacific Partnership, US in the South China Sea, Australian submarines and more

The Indo-Pacific is a strategic system encompassing the Indian and Pacific oceans, reflecting the expanding interests and reach of China and India as well as the enduring role of the US. The Lowy Institute's International Security program...Show More Summary

Putin in Syria: 'Vladimir of Taurus' baffles his foes

This is the first in a three-part series on Putin's Syria gambit and how it furthers his ambitions at home and abroad. Eighteen months ago Russian President Vladimir Putin's conquest of Crimea earned him the appellation among sycophants of Putin Tavrichesky or 'the Tauridian Putin', Taurus being an ancient Greek name for Crimea. Show More Summary

Radicalisation, lone wolves and terrorism: An Interpreter backgrounder

With four arrests made this morning, the police investigation into the shooting of New South Wales Police employee Curtis Cheng is gathering pace. The debate about how such a tragedy could have occurred is also being revived, and this...Show More Summary

Kunduz tragedy could be just the start of something much worse for Afghanistan

[youtube:xjDjORKXtNc] The north-eastern province of Kunduz in Afghanistan, and it's capital by the same name, have shot to international attention this past week for two major reasons. First, because the Taliban proved that despite fragmentation...Show More Summary

Pacific Island links: Solomons climate change, PNG judiciary, ocean sanctuaries and more

Excellent piece from Adam Morton with accompanying photos capturing the impacts of climate change on Taro Island in Solomon Islands, likely to be the world's first provincial capital abandoned as a result of global warming. ConcernsShow More Summary

G20 lacking ambition on climate change

G20 energy and resources ministers concluded the first-ever G20 Energy Ministerial in Istanbul over the weekend. Their communique is an initial response to the call from G20 leaders at last November's Brisbane summit to meet and progress...Show More Summary

Parramatta shooting: Why it’s too soon to make changes to terror laws

We still know very little about the circumstances that led to Friday's tragic shooting of NSW police employee Curtis Cheng in Parramatta. But there are already indications that the seductively simple narrative of a ‘lone wolf’ teenager radicalised through social media and acting alone is wide of the mark. Show More Summary

TPP: Not worth the risk

After marathon talks, the Trans Pacific Partnership has been sealed. The stage is now set for some fantastic battles to get this through national legislatures. I'll leave it to others to count the numbers. I've written previously about my concerns regarding the TPP, and agreements like it. Show More Summary

Opportunity cost in Australia's future submarine decision

I'm only too ready to leave it up to strategic experts such as Rear Admiral Peter Briggs to sort out how many submarines we need. I'll stick to the economics. We shouldn't let the number be determined by a perceived need to provide work-continuity for ASC in South Australia. Show More Summary

Obama's Syria critics ignore inconvenient facts

It is fashionable to criticise Washington's approach to the Syrian civil war. In his memoir, former US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta described President Obama's approach to Syria and Iraq as flawed. Obama has been roundly criticised for his 'tentative' approach to Syria. Show More Summary

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