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‘Heated Situations’: Australian-Indonesian Military Ties Suspended

‘Heated Situations’: Australian-Indonesian Military Ties Suspended

In January, Australia and Indonesia severed military relations regarding language training. Indonesian military officials took insult at Australian Army teaching materials at an Australian language-training base in November. The Indonesian Special Forces group was at Campbell barracks in Perth to train with Australia’s Special Air Service troops. The material at hand claimed that the Papua...
United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

United Kingdom’s £100m Defence Deal with Turkey

The first month of 2017 was a tumultuous one for global politics— from the Brexit judicial decision to the inauguration of US President Donald J. Trump. One particularly surprising development was the materialisation of a £100 million defence deal between the United Kingdom and Turkey. These funds will help Turkey build fighter jets and will...
From Panama Papers to Cash Piles: Corruption in Ukraine

From Panama Papers to Cash Piles: Corruption in Ukraine

Ukraine has released a new set of anti-corruption regulations, which require even the most senior public officials to register their finances in a publicly available online database by 30 October. This includes more than 50,000 officials who would be investigated, and potentially prosecuted if they do not release and justify their financials to the anti-corruption...
French ‘De-radicalisation’ Boot Camps: Will They Work?

French ‘De-radicalisation’ Boot Camps: Will They Work?

On 13 September 2016, France ‘unveiled’ its first of twelve ‘deradicalisation boot camps‘, one for each region of the country. The Centres for Prevention, Integration, and Citizenship are part of a €40 million (£34m) government effort to combat home-grown extremism. The twelve centres will be home to a range of individuals, including ‘hardened radicals who have...