Syria: Iranian and Russian Support for AssadAs US President Obama and Russian President Putin met this week in the US to discuss the fight against Islamic State, support for the retention of President Assad of Syria firmed. Australia remained equivocal, with Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop asserting that all options on Syria were on the table. AIIA Presidential Associate Ian... More >
by Ian Dudgeon
Letter from Washington: the Xi–Obama Summit, No LovefestThis was never going to be an easy meeting between the leaders of one of the oldest democracies and the world’s largest dictatorship. The two countries have an increasingly conflicted relationship: on the one hand, they are global partners, especially but not solely in the international economic sphere, but, on the other hand, their strategic... More >
by Dr Claude Rakisits
The Flow of Arms into the Gaza StripNon-state actors in Gaza and Egypt have exploited smuggling networks to acquire arms, but they face new challenges. The Arab Turmoil has dramatically increased the arms of rebellious non-state actors in the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula. Non-state actors have acquired weapons through state sponsorship, stealing and looting, arms trade... More >
by Eran Zohar
Australia’s Role in the 1965-66 Communist Massacres in IndonesiaFifty years ago, on September 30, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century took place on Australia’s doorstep. Following an AIIA and ANU conference on these events, a young Australian reflects on Australia’s complicity. An estimated half a million people affiliated with the Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party or PKI)... More >
by Marlene Millott
Human Translation vs. Machine TranslationRecent criticism of the Department of Defence’s nonsensical Arabic tweets about fighting IS propaganda shows the potential for getting it wrong with machine translation. The importance of correctly translating international communication begs the question, how exactly does machine translation work? Machine translation tools like Google... More >
by Mark Saba
On the basis of experience and ability, Paul Hasluck should have been one of Australia’s greatest foreign...
Since the United Kingdom joined the European Communities in 1973, successive prime ministers have sought...
At the Festival of Dangerous Ideas on Saturday 5 September 2015, Naomi Klein spoke to a full concert hall...