Politics, arms and money: non-proliferation, infantry fighting vehicles, Pakistan floods and Labor’s defense budget

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Moscow’s recent claims that Kyiv was planning to use a dirty bomb have been condemned as “obviously false” by France, the UK and the US. Given the renewed focus on nuclear threats, ASPI’s Alex Bristow interviews Kelsey Hartigan, Deputy Project Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Nuclear Issues, about progress being made on non-proliferation issues , risk reduction and the links between integrated deterrence and non-proliferation.

The MoD’s Phase 3 Land 400 project and the suitability of infantry fighting vehicles for the future needs of the Australian Defense Force are hotly contested. Marcus Hellyer, ASPI Senior Analyst for Defense Economics and Capabilities, speaks to Albert Palazzo, Assistant Professor at UNSW Canberra, about the proposed acquisition of the vehicles by the ADF and the question of whether whether the scenarios in which they might be deployed merit such an expensive purchase, something Palazzo wrote about in its recent ASPI report, Deciding the Future: The Australian Army and the Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Pakistan recently experienced its worst flooding on record, with more than nine million people displaced and around two million homes destroyed. ASPI’s Will Leben speaks with Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Australia, Zahid Hafeez Chaudri, about the long-term impacts and threats of climate change to Pakistan, the role of the military in disaster response and climate compensation.

Last week, the new Labor government presented its first federal budget. ASPI’s Marcus Hellyer explains why the government has kept his defense powder drypaving the way for tough decisions in the first half of next year.

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