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Professor Des Ball: The insurgent intellecutal

7 November 2016

For Des, scholarly effort was a profoundly social activity. Across his career he accumulated a remarkable circle of friends, collaborators, admirers and critics, and, yes, a few enemies too. With...

Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan

Here’s what is promising, and troubling, about Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s plan to ‘cure all diseases.’

4 October 2016

Recently, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, made a big splash in the global health world when they announced a $3 billion commitment to “cure all diseases in...

ISIS: Assessing Rumiyah

12 September 2016

The propaganda released by ISIS since late 2015 provides a fascinating case study of how a group in politico-military decline uses messaging to coax friends and foes into fixating upon and...

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An overdue re-examination of Australia's place in the world

2 September 2016

Across the span of human history and the seismic shifts of eons of global politics, a year may seem inconsequential. But, awaiting the passing of eras, administrations or generations to judge our...

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...

Wedged West faces geopolitical, death threats on emerging fronts

10 August 2016

We are living in an exceedingly dangerous world that is challenging the core values of our Western civilisation. But in Australia — remote from the main centres of military power and terrorist...

Most fraud and financial crime today is conducted over the internet.

Cyberfraud: the black hats outnumber the white hats

22 July 2016

Cyberfraud and cybertheft tend to be under-detected and underpunished in most countries, including Australia, but it is estimated the amount being stolen from corporations worldwide at present totals...

NATO Summit: Collective defence and nuclear deterrence

14 July 2016

When the NATO heads of state and government convened in Wales in 2014 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, their meeting was widely heralded as historic; yet it is likely that last week’s Warsaw...

Brexit campaigner Michael Gove will run to be the next Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister.  Photo: Jack Taylor

Brexit shows the vandals aren't at the gates; they’re the ones in power

4 July 2016

Political leaders who jettison facts undermine the very fabric of our democracies and threaten our future, writes Mathew Davies. In the run-up to Britain’s referendum on the EU, Michael Gove,...

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping. AFP. Aly Song

The Brexit effect on global security

29 June 2016

The ramifications of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union extend beyond turmoil in the financial markets to very serious and far-reaching effects on global security, writes John Blaxland...

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