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The U.S. and its allies are ramping up billions of dollars of arm deliveries to Ukraine, including now F-16 fighter jets. But the world’s top cop — Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock — tells me this week in an interview that he’s increasingly worried about what happens to these arms when the war finally ends. Recent history offers a lesson, he says: They’ll likely flood into other conflict zones, from Africa to South America, and the international community needs to be on guard.
Karina Tsui and I also look at some key new security appointments in the world — the chairman of the Joint Chiefs in the U.S. and Iran’s national security advisor. And Karina also explains why some in Australia aren’t gung ho on the country doling out billions to buy new nuclear submarines as part of the AUKUS alliance with Washington and London. The not-so-subtle subtext: They don’t want to be drawn into a conflict with China.
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