The Challenge Posed to Global Stability by the Islamic State Movement

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  • The Challenge Posed to Global Stability by the Islamic State Movement

    The Challenge Posed to Global Stability by the Islamic State Movement

    The unprecedented military surge of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) movement in Syria and Iraq over the past four months is now challenging not just stability in the Middle East but security around the world, in large part because it is revitalising the global jihadi movement. Military gains made by the IS in Iraq and Syria add significant complications to...

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    Indonesia – are its best days ahead under President Jokowi?

    To talk on the future trajectory of Indonesia under the new Presidency of Joko Widodo will be Helen Brown from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation who is a correspondent based in Jakarta. Put this in your diary now - more details to follow. Please book at least one day before if you plan to attend this event. Members $20 student...

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    Ukraine and Russia: Entangled Histories and Contemporary Tensions

    During the chaos and aftermath of World War II, Ukraine and Russia fought a bitter civil war, leaving thousands of people, mostly innocent civilians, dead. The current conflict in eastern Ukraine is one of the contemporary echoes of this unfinished past, with a strange Australian note given the downing of MH17. To provide context about the historical...

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  • Is Freedom under Pressure Globally?

    Is Freedom under Pressure Globally?

    According to Rousseau, “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” Traditional human rights and freedoms, such as free speech, freedom of association, worship and movement, self-determination and property rights form the foundation of individual liberty. However, individual liberty is not without limitations and pressures from state...

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