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 today – are its best days ahead under President Joko Widodo?

    Indonesia today – are its best days ahead under President Joko Widodo?

    Will incoming President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo mark a new and positive era for the future of Indonesia? Is Indonesia continuing on its path towards entrenching democracy, growing prosperity and regional leadership? The answers to these questions are critical for Australia, in the short term as we improve the bilateral relationship, and for...

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  • Ukraine and Russia: entangled histories and contemporary tensions

    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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