Terrorism

Image by The US Army on flickr.
23
Oct

US-led intervention in Iraq not likely to work

The US-led military action against IS was unlikely to work and could have been avoided if the main regional actors had confronted the extremist group, according to one of Australia’s leading experts on the Middle East.

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23
Sep

It’s far too early to declare counter-terrorism operations a success

The dust is settling after the extensive police raids across Sydney and Brisbane last week.

US Soldiers on patrol in Iraq. Photo courtesy of the US Army.
13
Sep

The Obama version of Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ strategy

Professor Amin Saikal, Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, examines the chances of success for the new US strategy for Iraq and Syria.

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15
Aug

This time things won’t be different in Iraq

US president Barack Obama in his televised speech regarding the military strike against the Islamic State (IS) last week spoke repeatedly not only of the humanitarian reasons for the precision strikes against the IS military forces, but also of strengthening Iraq as a vehicle for stability.

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11
Aug

The state of Iraq

ANU experts have commented on the latest developments in Iraq and US President Barack Obama’s decision to authorise air strikes against Islamic State.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Vice-Chancellor Ian Young AO, at the opening of the Arab World, Iran and Major Powers Conference.
26
Jun

Foreign Minister opens Middle East conference

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has opened an ANU conference on the Middle East, using her speech to express concern about the recent violence in Iraq and Syria.

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29
Jan

Number one with a bullet

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre has been named as Australia’s best university-based think tank in the 2013 Global Go To Think Tank report.

Photo of protesters in Bangkok, December 2013, by Flickr user Ilf_
05
Dec
2013

Thailand’s stark choice

As Thai opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban calls protestors to arms, the country is heading for civil conflict, writes Andrew Walker.

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07
Nov
2013

Afghanistan can maintain stability: Amin Saikal

The withdrawal of coalition forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year has the potential to go ahead without any glitches, provided the coalition forces maintain a supporting role, says ANU Professor Amin Saikal.

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01
Oct
2013

The last chemical war

The elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons will be a task of unimaginable complexity, but this month’s progress is significant, writes KALMAN A ROBERTSON.

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