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What keeps global security academics awake at night

At the start of a Global Security course I ask my undergraduate students what they think are the greatest threats to global security. This year I went a step further, surveying academic colleagues around the globe. The results were telling in terms of what was emphasised and what was missing. The

How the fight for Mosul is likely to play out

Compared to Syria, Iraq is going well. Admittedly, war-torn Syria is a low bar but still, as the Mosul offensive accelerates, it is worth reflecting on how far Iraq has come since 2014, when its army collapsed in the face of the relatively small force of Islamic State. Iraq’s future will now be

Australia downplays the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations adopted a new global development agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Australia, however, this agenda seems to be making little headway. The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in 2000, predecessors to the SDGs, were a unifying call to

Ground control of space is highly political

In January of this year, Vietnam announced plans for a ground station that could downlink high-resolution imagery from Indian satellites as they pass overhead. Vietnam now has a view of its immediate area from space in near real-time. The ground station is another chessboard move in the increasingly

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