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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Cold front: Antarctica and its military future (Claire Young, The Interpreter)

Book Review: The Future of Antarctica: Scenarios from Classical Geopolitics, by J McGee, D Edmiston and M Haward (Springer, 2022) For a place that is agreed by treaty to be used only for peaceful purposes, scientific investigation, and conservation as well as use of its living resources, a lot of writing about Antarctica is about things military. The […]

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Australia’s scrapping of Antarctic aerodrome could pave the runway for China (Elizabeth Buchanan, The Strategist)

While environmentalists have welcomed the Australian government’s decision to abandon the Davis aerodrome project in Antarctica, China is likely now drafting its own year-round aviation plans for the site. Australia’s scrapping of Antarctic aerodrome could pave the runway for China | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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Antarctica in the Grey Zone (Elizabeth Buchanan, AIIA)

The absence of overt conflict in Antarctica does not mean cooperation is thriving. Missing the elements of coercion and mistaking cooperation for a static concept in the Antarctic means stakeholders are at risk of strategic complacency. Antarctica in the Grey Zone – Australian Institute of International Affairs – Australian Institute of International Affairs

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Antarctica – Antarctica could reach its climate ‘tipping point’ this century – but we can stop it (WEF)

Andrea Dutton, Julie Brigham-Grette The Arctic is losing ice as global temperatures rise, which is causing the risk of flooding to increase around the world. But a new study has found that the Antarctic ice sheet could reach a critical tipping point in a few decades. By 2100, sea level could be rising more than […]

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(Antarctica) The more we learn about Antarctica, the greater the urgency to act on climate change (WEF)

John Letzing A number of troubling discoveries have been made related to Antarctica. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/03/the-more-we-learn-about-antarctica-the-clearer-the-need-to-fight-climate-change/

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(Antarctica/Australia/China) Eyes on the prize: Australia, China, and the Antarctic Treaty System (Lowy Institute)

CLAIRE YOUNG Despite China’s increasing assertiveness in Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty System is not failing and Australia should refrain from geostrategic panic https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/eyes-on-prize-australia-china-and-antarctic-treaty-system

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ANTARCTICA – Scientists to take research trip to study impact of giant floating iceberg (Al Arabiya)

File photo of an iceberg in the western Antarctic peninsula. (File photo: AFP) A team of scientists will set off next month on a research mission to find out the impact of a giant floating iceberg on the wildlife and marine life on a sub-Antarctic island, the British Antarctic Survey said Tuesday. https://englishbeta.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2020/12/15/Scientists-to-take-research-trip-to-study-impact-of-giant-floating-iceberg-