Contributors / Trefor Moss

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Defence Briefing

As parts of the Arctic become increasingly ice-free and its role as a valuable commodity is realised, questions of ownership are spurring a bigger military presence in the region. But the ‘Arctic Five’ insist any competi…

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Liberty Belle

On deployment far from its home port of San Diego, the diminutive USS Freedom carries far greater weight than its size suggests: as the apex of US naval technology, its success or failure will decide the future of American…

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Fly the flag

Despite the pressures of new technology in its own ranks and a fast-developing Chinese navy sailing into view, the ‘USS George Washington’ continues to rule the Asia-Pacific seas. Monocle climbs aboard the American aircraft…

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Close to home

With China refusing to recognise Tibetan self-determination claims, the Himalayan nation’s government is forced to sit over the border in northern India. Monocle speaks to its newly installed prime minister-in-exile.

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Myanmar mirage

Huge changes have recently taken place in Burma. A glittering new capital now rises from the plains, elections have been held and the military junta formally dissolved. At least, that’s what the army generals would like the…

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Reach for the spy

As technology becomes more prevalent in the world of espionage, the idea of an undercover agent in a trench coat might seem old-fashioned. But the human touch is still very much in demand.

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Air pressure

Every two years, the Singapore Air Show draws air force commanders from around the world keen to check out the latest hardware. But as weaponry technology moves ever faster, what to order

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