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A soldier participates in a training during a tactical leader’s exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

America now solves problems with troops, not diplomats

Data show that the US intervenes more in other countries' affairs than it did in the past. It also currently hires fewer career professionals for ambassadorial or foreign affairs positions.
The government’s slogan is ‘putting veterans and their families first’, but on the problem of veteran suicide, it has fallen short. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Enough inquiries that go nowhere – it’s time for a royal commission into veteran suicide

A recent study found that male veterans under 30 have a suicide rate more than two times the national average. Yet, support for a royal commission into the problem is lacking.
Two universities are conducting internal reviews of research collaborations linked to the suppression and surveillance of the Uyghur minority in western China. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Australian universities must wake up to the risks of researchers linked to China’s military

China’s aggressive program of acquiring technology from abroad should be a cause of concern for Australian universities. Yet, our system of vetting research collaborations is clearly broken.
Police officers loyal to the Houthi rebels march during a military parade in Sanaa, Yemen in July 2017. The placards read: ‘Allah is the greatest. Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews, victory to Islam.’ REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Congressional action on Yemen may be the first salvo against presidential war powers

Political fallout from the Vietnam War gave Congress more power to control foreign affairs, but they have been reluctant to use it.
A waxwork of Captain America on display at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Thailand. Nuamfolio/Shutterstock.com

Doping soldiers so they fight better – is it ethical?

Doping is condemned in sports. But what about in the military? Should soldiers be allowed or even encouraged to take drugs that make them superior fighters and more likely to complete a mission?
The word ‘terrorism’ was first used at the time of the French Revolution. Charles Monnet/Wikimedia Commons

Terrorism: a very brief history

Terrorism hasn't always been associated with individuals – in the past, it has described violence used by the state against its subjects.

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