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Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

Prime Minister and Andrew Robb signing the Free Trade Agreement with Chinese President Xi and Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng., 2014, cc Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website – www.dfat.gov.au, modified 0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abbott_and_Robb_signing_the_Free_Trade_Agreement_with_Chinese_President_Xi_and_Minister_for_Commerce_Gao_Hucheng_November_2014.jpg

Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Uranium Supply & Demand

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Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine uranium, a key input in nuclear power generation that was included on the US Interior Department’s list of critical minerals.

Backgrounder: 2021 Tunisia Political Crisis

The palace view as Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper meets with Tunisian President Kais Saied, at Carthage Palace, Tunisia, Sept. 30, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando), cc U.S. Secretary of Defense, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:200930-D-BN624-2191_(50402134718).jpg

Examining the background and consequences of the sudden removal of Tunisia’s prime minister.

Warfare Evolved: Quantum Radar

cc Flickr Air Combat Command United States Air Force, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – As a B-2 Stealth Bomber takes off, you can see the heat coming off the runway during the cold winter day, January 5. The B-2 is part of the 509th Bomb Wing arsenal of 20 stealth bombers with a conventional and nuclear mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Carlin Leslie)

The next great leap in radar technology threatens to render strategic standards like stealth technology and signal jamming irrelevant.

Backgrounder: Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC)

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The race is on to bring cash into the digital era, and finance may never be the same.

Backgrounder: The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM)

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Exploring the history, composition, and tactics of the ‘little blue men’ of China’s littoral waters – the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia.

Backgrounder: EU COVID-19 Recovery Fund

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The legacy of Next Generation EU and the joint issuance it envisions will likely outlive the immediate harms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Titanium Supply & Demand

US Department of Defense, modified, A formation of Royal Australian Air Force aircraft fly over Avalon Airport at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 25, 2019. Along with Australian aircraft, U.S. military aircraft were to be showcased through flight demonstrations and static displays during the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa) www.dvidshub.net, https://flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/46495003394/

Next in our series on strategic commodities we examine titanium, a key input in defense and aerospace production around the world.

Backgrounder: G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK

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Examining key announcements surrounding this weekend’s G7 summit in the United Kingdom.

Timeline: 2021 Israel-Gaza Conflict and Inter-Communal Violence

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Recounting the events leading up to some of the worst sectarian violence in Israel’s history.

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