Syria

Research report

20 Sep 2017

Australian military operations in Iraq commenced in August 2014 as part of the International Global Coalition to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A year later, on 9 September 2015, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would expand its military commitment from...

Report

23 Aug 2017

The battle for Raqqa, main stronghold of the Islamic State in Syria, is taking a heavy toll on civilians trapped under fire in the city. Civilians have come under a barrage of ground and air attacks since the Syrian Democratic Forces, the local armed group...

Research report

17 Feb 2017

This report is based on a systematic review of open source information about the finances of Islamic State in its core territory in Syria and Iraq.

Key findings

Estimates vary widely. It remains impossible to say exactly how much money Islamic State...

Research report

7 Feb 2017

At Saydnaya Military Prison, the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organized the killing of thousands of people in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that the murder, torture, enforced disappearance and extermination, carried out at Saydnaya since 2011, has been perpetrated as part of...

Research report

22 Sep 2016

Summary

Turkey, Syria and Iraq depend on the Tigris-Euphrates river system for their food and water security. Both rivers have contributed to interstate tension and hostility, and the region is yet to agree on a water-sharing mechanism that could lead to more amicable...

Commentary

Article

4 Jan 2016

Amid all the debate about what the West should or shouldn’t do about the Syrian civil war, few if any commentators acknowledge the reality that the political outcome in Syria matters more to regional states than it does to the West

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Commentary

Article

31 Dec 2015

Australia has an addiction to going to war with its US alliance partner, ‘our great and powerful friend’, whatever the strategic and human consequences. Australia’s armed forces have been at war in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria—and now unannounced at sea in the Yemeni civil...

Research report

16 Dec 2015

Summary

Since the beginning of Syria’s uprising in 2011, many have died in detention facilities run by the Syrian government’s notorious mukhabarat (security agencies). In 2012, Human Rights Watch identified and mapped 27 of these detention centers around the country, many in the...

Research report

17 Nov 2015

This is the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index, which provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 15 years with a special emphasis on 2014.

This report provides a detailed analysis of the changing...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

This briefing explores the evolving relationship between media and politics in the period following the Arab uprisings of 2011.

Overview: Over the past several years, the Arab world has been characterised by an increasingly polarised political discourse. ‘After the Arab uprisings: the prospects for...

Audio program

12 Sep 2015

Introduction

Well, Syria was in the news a lot this week, both with regard to the 4 million displaced Syrian refugees that have created a rolling migration crisis in Europe and the ongoing conflict in Syria, which is driving the vast majority of...

Audio program

11 Sep 2015

Does it seem that every time the world watches refugees flee violence and persecution while politicians claim their country can't possibly take in asylum seekers, we lamentingly claim that the world will never again turn its back on these people.

And yet the next...

Journal article

10 Sep 2015

This article examines Iraqi political developments in the last few years. It argues that unless a constitutional mechanism for proper dispersal of political powers across Iraq's regions and branches of its government is developed quickly, it may become too late for defeating Islamic State in...

Research report

28 May 2015

This report explores the phenomenon of Western females travelling to Syria and Iraq in support of ISIS.

Introduction

Although often assumed to be passive agents, women have played significant roles in a number of contemporary terrorist organizations. Violent extremist groups across the...

Research report

18 May 2015

Foreign policy is typically a blandly bipartisan affair in liberal democracies like Australia and the United States. Although different slogans are employed by left and right, major political parties support broadly liberal foreign policy goals. Both sides of politics want to preserve peace and national...

Transcript

23 Apr 2015

“I am an anthropologist. Anthropologists, as a group, study the diversity of human cultures to understand our commonalities and differences, and to use the knowledge of what is common to us all to help us bridge our differences. My research aims to help reduce violence...

Discussion paper

16 Apr 2015

In this analysis, Andrew Zammit argues that Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria pose a threat to Australia’s security and examines the options for responding to that threat, including through non-coercive means.

Key Findings

Australian foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq pose...

Article

17 Mar 2015

Discusses the problem New Zealand faces in dealing with radicalisation and the participation by its citizens in foreign conflicts.

Introduction

Unlike many other Western countries and its neighbour Australia, New Zealand historically has not had an issue with members of its Muslim...

Journal article

15 Mar 2015

If unchecked, the Islamic State poses a security threat not only to Iraq and the Middle East countries but also to the West because of its ability to recruit hundreds of foreign jihadists who may pose threats on their return. Media narratives suggest that the...

Video lecture/presentation

1 Feb 2015

The rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in vast swathes of territories in Syria and Iraq, and the US-led military response to it, have introduced another complex dimension to an oil-rich but already very volatile Middle East. The old correlation of forces in support...