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Remember El Alamein

By Peter Stanley Exactly 75 years ago, Australians dressed in steel helmets and khaki shorts, and often not much else, sat in weapon pits in the Egyptian sun about 120 kilometres west of Alexandria....

ASEAN: securing integrated borders

By John Coyne The 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers meeting on 12 October ended on a high note with the signing of an agreement on cross-border transport of passengers by road vehicles. The pact makes...

Somalia’s 9/11

By Isaac Kfir On 12 October, Mogadishu was rocked by a powerful bomb that killed more than 320 people and injured around 500. Security officials attribute the bombing to al-Shabaab (‘the youth’), although the...

Australia, Solomon Islands and RAMSI

By Graeme Dobell Australia spent years saying no to a central role in the mounting crisis in Solomon Islands. Then, in 2003, Canberra did a huge U-turn and led the intervention that ran for...

Implementing the Paris Agreement in the Pacific

By Benjamin Sims The central instruments for implementing the Paris Agreement are the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). These are climate action plans submitted by countries to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...

Bien sûr, la course compte

By Quilliam Admin Bien sûr, la question de race est importante dans le scandale des abus sexuels de Rotterdam. Jusqu’à ce que nous l’admettions, nous ne pouvons pas nous attaquer au problème – Muna...

New MH17 Photograph Geolocated to Donetsk

By Bellingcat Investigation Team On October 19, 2017, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Ukraine, published a new photograph Buk 332,...

Analysis: The Anguish of John Kelly

By David A. Graham, The Atlantic The White House chief of staff decried the desacralization of military deaths—but it was the president he serves who politicized condolence calls. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Quilliam Bulletin 20-10-2017

By Quilliam Admin Maajid Nawaz Wins PinkNews Broadcaster of the Year Award Last night, Maajid Nawaz won the 2017 PinkNews Broadcaster of the Year Award for his LBC radio show. The award was shared...

ASPI suggests

By Sofia Patel, Jack Viola and Malcolm Davis The world Islamic State hasn’t claimed responsibility for last weekend’s blast in Mogadishu that killed more than 300 people, dispelling the popular myth that the organisation...

What’s next for Islamic State?

By Micah Batt With the cities of Hawija and Raqqa now under Iraqi government and Syrian Democratic Forces control, the military defeat of Islamic State looks imminent. Six and half million people have been...

Challenging aid orthodoxies

By Stephen Howes The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, or FWCC, is housed in a prominent downtown Suva building, its logo and messages blazoned over its fence and walls. In equal parts service provider, sector...

Challenging aid orthodoxies

By Stephen Howes The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, or FWCC, is housed in a prominent downtown Suva building, its logo and messages blazoned over its fence and walls. In equal parts service provider, sector...

North Korea: where to now?

By Ron Huisken A growing list of observers contend that North Korea is now out of reach, that its nuclear program is irreversible and that the smart option is to accept this fact and...

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