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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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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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TURKEY ON THE BRINK PART I: THE DEBACLE OF FOREIGN POLICY

Singapore, 8 October 2014 [This is Part I 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.]  For years Turkey has tried to become part of the European Union and for years […]

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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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TURMOIL IN TURKEY

Canberra, 8 July 2013 In the week that Istanbul celebrated the 560th anniversary of its capture by the Ottomans in 1453, Taksim Square in the heart of the city erupted in protest. The protest began as a peaceful demonstration demanding the preservation of a 75-year old park and the trees within it that were scheduled […]

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