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Nuclear-powered submarines for Australia: what are the options? (Pete Sandeman, The Strategist)

The political and strategic ramifications of the AUKUS pact involving the US, UK and Australia continue to reverberate, but the details of how Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) have often been overlooked. There are daunting technical, industrial and financial challenges on the long road to joining that club. Even the acquisition of conventional submarines […]

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Iran’s Vienna gambit (Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Project-Syndicate, The Strategist)

In a qualifying match last November for the 2022 soccer World Cup, Iran trailed Lebanon 0–1 at the end of the scheduled 90 minutes. On social media, sceptical Iranians were getting ready to blame their team’s imminent defeat on Iran’s hardline leaders, who supposedly wanted to lose the match in order to please Iran’s Lebanese […]