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The Pilgrims Progress: Russia in the Middle-East

  Canberra, 8 February 2016 For nearly four years of the Civil War, Russia was content with providing traditional support through the provision of arms and logistics to its client-state Syria, while the Assad regime battled for its very existence. Therefore, the direct military intervention in September 2015 can be considered a revolutionary act by […]

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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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SYRIA—THE FORGOTTEN WAR

Canberra, 24 March 2014 The Civil War in Syria entered its fourth year last week, with not even the hope of an end in sight. After three years of bloodletting, there are no changes in the political landscape—Assad still remains in power and his troops have been more successful in holding back the rebels in […]

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SYRIA—NO EASY SOLUTIONS

Canberra, 4 October 2013 In something just over a fortnight, Syria has been pushed to the background in the collective memory of the world; the re-entry of the UN chemical weapons analysts into the country only rating a mention in the evening news. Two indisputable factors can be gleamed from this. One: the international community—read […]

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THE TURMOIL IN SOMALIA: PART IB

Canberra, 3 November 2012 Post-Independence History 1960-1991 As with most post-colonial nations, the early days of independence in Somalia was also dominated by the leaders who had led and borne the brunt of the struggle for independence against the colonial powers. The first President of the newly established Somalia Republic was Aden Abdullah Osman Daar […]

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IS IT THE END GAME IN SYRIA?

Canberra,  12 August 2012 The Events So Far The Syrian Civil War started on 15 March 2011 as public demonstrations against the Assad regime and was generally considered to be an extension of the ‘Arab Spring’. The sporadic demonstrations soon escalated into a nationwide uprising and subsequently into a civil war with the opposition demanding […]

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