The Sydney Hostage Incident was a Classic Case of Grassroots Terrorism
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Australian Outlook

The Sydney Hostage Incident was a Classic Case of Grassroots Terrorism

Some media outlets are reporting that the Sydney hostage situation was the work of a lone madman rather than an act of terrorism, but an...

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  • COP 20: The Buzz about Alternative Energy
    Issues Brief

    COP 20: The Buzz about Alternative Energy

    The COP 20 in Lima, and New York’s recent decision to ban fracking, has elevated discussions about alternative energy sources, an issue addressed at the AIIA, KAS and University of Melbourne expert workshop on climate change.  Shale gas, fracking, and renewable energy comprise three alternative energy sources that have attracted... More >
  • The Forgotten Crisis: The Central African Republic
    Fresh Perspectives

    The Forgotten Crisis: The Central African Republic

    A forgotten crisis lurks in the Central African Republic where minimal exposure and delayed action has allowed conflict to escalate.  The Central African Republic (CAR) is one of the world’s poorest states, with the UN’s Human Development Index ranking it 180 out of 186. Its economic demise and longstanding instability have received minimal,... More >
  • Australian Maritime Strategy: Ambitions and Lessons
    Fresh Perspectives

    Australian Maritime Strategy: Ambitions and Lessons

    The 2013 Australian Defence White Paper contains a range of limitations.  The 2013 Australian Defence White Paper makes the following claim about the status of the new amphibious assault ships (LHDs) in contributing to Australia’s amphibious operation capability: “The introduction of Australia’s two new Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock... More >
  • A Bright Future for Green Growth
    Analysis

    A Bright Future for Green Growth

    With the recent momentum behind green growth initiatives after the COP20 in Lima, Director of the East-Asia and Pacific Global Green Growth Institute reflects upon the important work of his organisation.  Prominent in the news has been Australia’s decision to commit 200 million AUD to the recently launched Green Climate Fund (GCF), a United... More >
  • Russia, Roubles and Rate Rises
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    Russia, Roubles and Rate Rises

    Rouble falls, rates rise, and Russia’s economy is imploding. While we ponder treasurer Joe Hockey’s mid-year financial statement and the prospect of a $100 billion budget deficit, Russia has an even more worrying problem on its hands. So far this year the rouble has lost 50 per cent of its value, and on Tuesday (16... More >

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Money, Power and Ideology: Political Parties in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia

Most days, there’s a story in the Indonesian news on ‘korupsi’ (corruption) involving Indonesian...

W. Macmahon Ball: Politics for the People

This book is a study of the life of Professor William Macmahon Ball (known as ‘Mac’), focusing...

Debating Democratization in Myanmar

Myanmar is one of the most important cases of potential democratisation in the world today. Ruled for...

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