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The Yemen raid and the ghost of Anwar al-Awlaki

10 February 2017

President Donald Trump has begun forging his own legacy in the ongoing wars on terror. On the same weekend that he signed his executive order temporarily banning travel to the United States from...

Jihadist Threat in 2017

11 January 2017

2017 promises a more volatile and diffuse jihadist threat as the war on ISIS causes various Islamist extremist groups to strategically evolve as they compete for attention and influence. This dynamic...

The King of Jordan visits Australia on RN Drive

24 November 2016

Patricia Karvelas interviews Dr Vanessa Newby on ABC Radio’s RN Drive, Thursday 24 November 2016. To listen to the full show The King of Jordan visits Australia on RN Drive on ABC Radio.

Afraid new world

11 November 2016

When he did mention Asia, it was to threaten tariffs on Chinese imports, and less military support to Japan and South Korea. Southeast Asia was not mentioned. Therefore whatever we can say about the...

Attack on Pakistan police academy shows reach of Islamic State

27 October 2016

It is believed ISIS may have carried out the attack in conjunction with a Pakistani militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Reporters on the scene said one of the dead militants — the one who hadn’t...

Syrian_refugee. Image courtesy of plus8gmt, Flickr, Creative Commons

Lebanon: On Remembering and Forgetting

19 October 2016

Lebanon has a great deal to be concerned with: the absence of a president, the most concentrated refugee influx per capita in the world, a poor economic outlook, latent terror threats and failing...

Iran, Vietnam pledge $2 bn trade boost

7 October 2016

For mineral-rich Vietnam, Iran offers a key partnership in the oil and gas industry and for health and technology exchanges Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani, in Vietnam on a three-...

Destruction in Azaz, Syria. Image courtesy of Christiaan Triebert, Flickr.

An uneasy ceasefire has come into effect in Syria

13 September 2016

A new humanitarian ceasefire has come into effect in Syria. The aim of the deal is to allow food and medicine into shattered cities such as Aleppo where civilians have borne the brunt of the fighting...

Women and violent extremism

10 August 2016

Do women engage in terrorism for a cause or for the sake of violence? If recent reports are to be believed, Islamic State may be on the decline. After sowing chaos in the region with its deadly mix...

Australian and American soldiers in Afghanistan. Image from Flickr, courtesy of mashleymorgan.

The warrior diplomat and the art of threat management

12 May 2016

The image of the warrior-diplomat is increasingly fashionable. Yet many of the claims about defence diplomacy remain highly presumptive and do not appear to easily stack up. The Australian Defence...

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