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Rethinking diplomacy: Here's an index that'll help you make sense of international relations

Mar 15, 2016

Rethinking diplomacy: Here's an index that'll help you make sense of international relations

If the words 'diplomacy' or 'international relations' mean anything to you, you'll want to check out the Global Diplomacy Index (GDI) published on Tuesday by Lowy Institute for International Policy #China #GDP #US #France #ConnectTheDots #ChartView #Turkey #International relations #Saudi Arabia #Canada #Foreign policy #Defence spending #High comission #Lowy Institute #Global Diplomacy Index 2016
Australia unveils 2016 Defence White Paper: Here's what it means for the Asia-Pacific region

Feb 27, 2016

Australia unveils 2016 Defence White Paper: Here's what it means for the Asia-Pacific region

If the Asia-Pacific picture wasn’t complicated enough already, Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper (see below) is likely to make matters a whole lot murkier. Aside from a proposed 84 percent increase in its defence budget over the next decade (from $23 billion in 2016-17 to around $42.4 billion by 2025-26), the white paper’s references to the South China Sea are likely to cause ripples in the region — particularly in Beijing #Australia #ConnectTheDots #South China Sea #Asia-Pacific #Defence spending #US Pivot to Asia #Australia-China relations #Asia’s Democratic Security Diamond
Aimed at securing Australia's future, defence spending will rise to two percent of GDP

Feb 25, 2016

Aimed at securing Australia's future, defence spending will rise to two percent of GDP

Australia will raise defence spending to two percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) over the next seven years in a formal announcement to be made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull later this week. #Australia #NewsTracker #Julia Gillard #Defence spending #Australia defence spending
Japan approves a record $812 bn budget; on track to cut deficit in half

Jan 14, 2015

Japan approves a record $812 bn budget; on track to cut deficit in half

Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved on Wednesday a record $812 billion budget for the coming fiscal year while cutting new borrowing for a third straight year in a bid to balance growth and fiscal reform. #Japan #recession #Nomura #Growth #Fitch #CPI #Sales Tax #taxes #Defence spending #factory output #job creation #Production #Shinzo Abe #japan budget
Spat just got real: Japan unveils largest ever defence budget amid China tensions

Jan 14, 2015

Spat just got real: Japan unveils largest ever defence budget amid China tensions

Japan is increasingly wary of Beijing, which is seen by several countries in the region as growing aggressive in various sovereignty claims. #World #China #Japan #NewsTracker #Asia #Beijing #Defence spending #Shinzo Abe
Berlusconi is right, it's time to make defence commissions legal

Feb 14, 2013

Berlusconi is right, it's time to make defence commissions legal

If the default assumption is that no deal is free from bribery or commission, the defence sector is a goldmine for easy money. #OnOurMind #Defence spending #Agusta Westland #SP Tyagi #Chopper scam
Asia's 2012 military spending to pip Europe's

Mar 08, 2012

Asia's 2012 military spending to pip Europe's

With the Pentagon explicitly refocusing its strategic attention on Asia, the annual Military Balance report said it was clear that a major historical shift was underway. #NewsTracker #Europe #Asia #military #Defence spending