The announcement by East Timor’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmao, that his country will begin military to military links with Indonesia has caused widespread surprise.
Pakistan needs to retain a strong alliance with Afghanistan, no matter who is in power, more than it needs the US.
The world of intelligence is, by definition, shrouded in secrecy, so that often what we know is limited or partial and the rest is, hopefully, what makes sense based on a longer-term picture of events.
East Timor asylum seeker solution has not yet been killed outright, but only an unreconstructed optimist would now suggest its fate is other than sealed.
The line attributed by Mark Twain to British PM Benjamin Disraeli that there are "lies, damned lies and statistics" might be held to be true when assessing the value of indicators.
While nobody was noticing, late last year Australia pipped Norway to achieve the highest standard of living in the world.
There is increasing discussion and hand-wringing about the pros and cons of direct intervention in the carnage that is now Libya. What seems certain is that without a circuit breaker, forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi will continue to wreak havoc on the Libyan people.
Saturday's Burmese election was, in reality, just the junta’s mechanism for shifting away from an overt military dictatorship to a slightly more covert form -- dictatorship without so many uniforms.