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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 Iraq...

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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 leading the fight against IS, and the...

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Report

11 Jul 2017

This report outlines the horrifying scale of death, injury and suffering of civilians trapped in the battle for west Mosul. The report documents how the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) moved civilians from neighbouring villages into the zones of the battle in west Mosul, trapped them...

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Research report

20 Dec 2016

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Prison authorities in Indonesia have had a few small successes in managing extremist prisoners, but overall, structural problems of the prison system and inadequate staff continue to defeat efforts at deradicalisation, disengagement and rehabilitation....

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Research report

12 Oct 2016

This report breaks down the Islamic State’s media activities through a two-fold approach. First, it examines a small number of declassified documents captured from the group’s predecessors to provide a baseline understanding its present-day media structure and operations.  Second, through an...

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Audio program

07 Sep 2016

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the latest call to arms by the so-called Islamic State group should be taken seriously, despite Victorian police dismissing it as propaganda.

IS has used a new English-language online magazine called Rumiyah to...

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Research report

13 May 2016

The personal network of Abu Gar, one man involved in last January's terrorist attack in Jakarta, shows how the communal conflicts in Ambon and Poso continue to haunt Indonesia.

This latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), traces the violent trajectory of...

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Research report

14 Mar 2016

The Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda-linked groups, Boko Haram and other extremist movements are protagonists in today’s deadliest crises, complicating efforts to end them. They have exploited wars, state collapse and geopolitical upheaval in the Middle East, gained new footholds in Africa and pose...

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Research report

29 Feb 2016

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Lauren Williams examines Islamic State’s use of the Western media to disseminate its propaganda. Williams argues mainstream media outlets have a responsibility to treat Islamic State-produced material more critically, expose the weaknesses of its messages, and...

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Research report

16 Nov 2015

Immediately following the recent extremist attacks in Paris, this report provides an analysis of the kinds of people attracted to ISIS and other jihad movements from the West.

On Friday, November 13, 2015, France had its 9/11. At least 129 people were killed at multiple locations...

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Journal article

19 Oct 2015

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Social media and strategic communication sit at the heart of the war of ideas between the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the West. The West is critically vulnerable to ISIL’s use of social media, shrewdly exploited in the recruitment of potential...

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Research report

14 Jul 2015

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In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, many publics around the world name global climate change as a top threat, according to a new Pew Research Center survey measuring perceptions of international challenges. This...

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