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Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett poses with her dog, Cartree, in this photograph circa 1950. Courtesy Knoll Archive

Florence Knoll Bassett’s mid-century design diplomacy

Knoll is best known for transforming the design of America's corporate offices. But she was also on the front lines of a State Department effort to promote American ingenuity and capitalism abroad.
Military action during the NATO-led military exercise in Trondheim, Norway on Oct. 30, 2018. The NATO exercises included some 3,000 troops, 20 ships, several tanks and about 50 aircraft from various nations. (Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix via AP)

More than just ‘war games,’ military exercises require transparency

Military exercises are more than just 'war games' -- they're aimed at signalling military capability and intent. But NATO must honour its commitment to transparency, and pressure Russia to do the same.
Record companies released stereo demonstration albums that showcased how sound could move from left to right, creating a sense of movement. From the collection of Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder

How stereo was first sold to a skeptical public

Sixty years ago, stereo promised to forever change the way people listened to music. But how could record companies convince customers to buy a new record player, speakers and amplifier?
US Vice President Mike Pence with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Australia’s Scott Morrison were among the leaders of the 21 economies making up APEC. AAP/Mick Tsikas

After APEC, US-China tensions leave ‘cooperation’ in the cold

Summit season is usually a bit of a bore - worthy subjects lost in acronyms and diplomatic niceties. Not so this year as US-China tensions tore at the fabric of multi-lateralism.
A London bus displays anti-apartheid message at the height of South Africa’s isolation. Flickr/rahuldlucca

Apartheid, guns and money: book lifts the lid on Cold War secrets

As South Africa became an international pariah, it began working in shady ways through even more shady operators, including getting arms from the Soviet Union and China.
Berlin Wall, 1988. The fall of the Berlin Wall signifies the end of the Cold War and the victory of liberal democratic values. Shutterstock

World politics explainer: The fall of the Berlin Wall

Though the fall of the Berlin Wall did not bring along the utopia many had hoped for, it is a symbolic moment for the victors of the Cold War.
Russian diplomats and their families boarding a plane for home after being expelled by Britain. Reuters/Chris Radburn

Is the growing Russia crisis another Cold War conflict? Nyet

The crisis over alleged Russian involvement in a murder attempt on a spy and his daughter in the UK has been called an extension of the Cold War. But that war was about ideology; this crisis isn't.
Clive Hamilton paints a picture of China’s unrelenting determination not only to control those within the country, but also to dominate the world using whatever means at its disposal. AAP/Wang Zhou

Book review – Clive Hamilton’s Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia

Clive Hamilton’s book is perhaps a useful reminder that we must not be naïve about our relationship with China, but his prescription is the wrong direction for tackling the genuine issues he raises.

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