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17 Jul 2017 07:58

The G20 Hamburg riots and the German election

The G20 riots in Hamburg have raised a number of pertinent political questions about domestic security and political extremism in Germany.

25 Jul 2017 11:34

Syria: A farewell to arms

Last week’s confirmation that the CIA-run program to vet and arm Syrian rebel groups in the north of the country was coming to an end was a tacit acknowledgement of the flaws in the scheme. It should also have come as little surprise as, if there has been one thing that Trump has been consistent...

25 Jul 2017 8:46

Thailand: The case for optimism

My ANU colleague Nicholas Farrelly's recent Lowy Institute Analysis 'Thailand's Triple Threat' is a sombre look at Thailand's future. He canvasses bleak scenarios, including the long-term entrenching of authoritarianism or, worse, the break-up of the kingdom. Thailand's current juncture is...

24 Jul 2017 15:35

China’s intelligence gathering at sea: Some implications

The reports over the last few days that a Chinese naval intelligence gathering ship (designated an Auxiliary General Intelligence or AGI) has been observed monitoring the bilateral US-Australia Exercise Talisman Saber have contained some surprising elements. These include background comments by...

24 Jul 2017 14:13

Timor-Leste elections suggest reframed cross-party government

With final votes tallied in the Timor-Leste parliamentary elections overnight, the results in Dili suggest a reframed power-sharing government will emerge, showing some continuity with the previous government but with a different flavour. The two main parties - the Frente Revolucionária de Timor-...

24 Jul 2017 12:45

From ONA to ONI: Getting closer to the original plan

The new report on the current state and working of the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) was prepared by two very knowledgeable, able and experienced people in Michael L’Estrange and Stephen Merchant, after wide consultation. So it must be very satisfying for those currently working in the...

24 Jul 2017 11:11

China’s naval surveillance off Australia: Good news and bad

The ABC’s Andrew Greene broke the story last weekend that a Chinese Navy electronic intelligence-gathering vessel had been spotted off the Queensland coast in the vicinity of the Talisman Sabre defence exercises, which it was almost certainly monitoring. Australia’s Department of Defence had...

24 Jul 2017 7:09

The Australian Intelligence tradition

Most of the early commentary on Malcolm Turnbull’s changes to Australia’s security and intelligence arrangements focused on his decision to bring together the principal domestic security agencies – ASIO, the AFP, the Australian Border Force, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and...

22 Jul 2017 8:00

Weekend catch-up: Home Affairs, intelligence reviews, citizenship and more

By John Gooding, Digital Editor at the Lowy Institute and Associate Editor at The Interpreter. This week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the formation of a Home Affairs 'super-ministry', to be run by current Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. The recalibration will see the...