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AFGHANISTAN: FRAGILE AND FORGOTTEN

Canberra, 8 September 2015 Deliberate and repeated insurgent attacks, endemic corruption within the governing polity, a shrinking ‘formal’ economy, the end of a development boom as a more than decade long international war draws to a close that in turn has created unemployment levels of 35 to 40 per cent and a deteriorating security situation […]

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PAKISTAN: STUCK IN A CUL-DE-SAC

Canberra, 22 June 2014 Pakistan, a state created in the name of Islam, is today divided along linguistic, ethnic, tribal and sectarian lines. It also claims to be the ‘heart of Asia’, making any observer want to ask, ‘a wounded, bleeding heart?’ While it is beset with domestic issues that directly threaten the well-being of […]

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TURKEY ON THE BRINK PART II: THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE

Singapore, 9 October 2014 [This is Part II of a two-part series analysing the precarious situation that Turkey has created for itself in the most recent conflict raging in the Middle-East against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.] Turkey’s decision to join the coalition fighting against the Islamic State (IS) along with other […]

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THE CONFLICT WITH THE ISLAMIC STATE: FUTURE OF THE ARAB MONARCHIES

Singapore, 30 September 2014 President Obama’s address to the UN last week was the first clear statement made by him emphasising the need for liberal intervention in the Middle-East in order to defeat religious extremism. His speech contained a barely concealed anger at the financial and ideological support that is being given by the Arab […]

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THE ARTICULATED STRATEGY TO FIGHT THE ISLAMIC STATE: IS IT SELF-DEFEATING?

Canberra, 20 September 2014 President Barack Obama has detailed his strategy to degrade, defeat, and ultimately destroy, the Islamic State (IS) [the IS is also referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)] currently considered the most threatening of the various terrorist groups operating primarily in the Middle East. Fundamental to the […]

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CHINA’S ADIZ: A PRAGMATIC ANALYSIS

Canberra, 19 December 2013 The so-called US pivot to Asia has brought the Asia-Pacific region into global focus and highlighted the fact that along with its economic dynamism, there are also political upheavals and turmoil in the region. Significantly the common cause of this turbulence is the activities of the People’s Republic of China, by […]

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