26 Feb 2018

By bringing together senior-level policymakers, experts and political decision-makers from the counterterrorism arena in Europe and Australia, this dialogue, already in its third iteration, created a space for thought-provoking, stimulating exchanges of ideas and expertise that form the basis for innovative approaches and new initiatives....

Research report

20 Sep 2017

This paper provides a summary of Australia’s military operations in Syria and an overview of key associated issues, particularly those relevant to the Parliament. Many of these matters are also relevant to the conduct of operations in Iraq, but this paper does not specifically address...


23 Aug 2017

This report documents how hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured since an offensive began in June (2017) to recapture Raqqa, the 'capital' and main stronghold of the armed group, Islamic State (IS).


11 Jul 2017

In the battle against Islamic State in west Mosul, Iraqi and US-led coalition forces failed to take adequate measures to protect civilians.

Research report

20 Dec 2016


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. Despite much donor funding aimed at improving prison...

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 examination of over 9,000...

Audio program

7 Sep 2016

Summary 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 issue a fresh call...

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...

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 an evolving...

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 place greater effort into...

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...

Journal article

19 Oct 2015


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...

Research report

14 Jul 2015


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 is particularly...