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DECIPHERING THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE Part I: The Major Participants

Canberra 18 November 2014 [This is the first part of a two-part series analysing the on-going conflict in the Middle East] Introduction The world is continuing to look at the Islamic State (IS) as yet another, and admittedly more potent, terrorist or ‘jihadi’ network. This is a rather simplistic view since the current conflict in […]

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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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THE REALITY OF AFGHANISTAN POST-2014

Canberra, 9 January 2012 THE MIRAGE OF STABILITY Ever since the United States announced its intention to withdraw its combat troops from Afghanistan by end of 2014, President Karzai has been stating that the people of Afghanistan hold the key to their future in their own hands. And so it should be, especially since the […]

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PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SECOND TERM

US FOREIGN POLICY CONUNDRUMS Canberra, 22 November 2012   Introduction Despite a number of doomsayers predicting, even when the results were very clear, that President Obama would not win a second term, he has romped home with a clear majority in the Electoral College. However, as the President himself made very clear in his post-election […]

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