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People movement

Australia’s conversation about migrants and refugees is too often defined in the narrow terms of economic self-interests, security threats and humanitarian obligations. This publication examines many of the region’s most troubling situations of people on the move while giving considered attention to the opportunities for...
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Afghanistan on the brink of an abyss

Australia’s recent closure of its embassy in Kabul, and the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, casts a deep shadow over Afghanistan’s future prospects. In this paper, leading expert on Afghanistan, William Maley, examines the implications for the Afghan nation...

Australia and the Middle East

Rod Lyon and William Maley look at Australia's interests in the Middle East from two very different perspectives: that of the strategic analyst, and that of the regional expert, enriched by a close knowledge of the countries and cultures of the Middle East. Australia’s interests...

Australia-Afghanistan relations: reflections on a half-century

It is now fifty years since diplomatic relations were formally established between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Kingdom of Afghanistan. This paper explores some of the key dimensions of the development of the relationship.

The challenge of United Nations reform

The international community founded the United Nations in 1945 as the centrepiece of an ambitious institutional strategy to prevent the recurrence of world war, global depression, and massive humanitarian crises. Sixty years later the world is again confronting multiple governance challenges, none of which can...

A long hot summer

This paper explores the implications of the looming Taliban Spring offensive on the international reconstruction and security effort in Afghanistan. It is argued that a more aggressive posture by Coalition forces toward the Taliban and more concerted international pressure on Pakistan is needed to ensure...

The open front door: tourism, border control and national security

Far from being rigorously protected, Australia's borders actually contain a gaping hole, argues William Maley. It is a hole through which tourists travel - but as the recent Willie Brigitte case shows, others with more sinister agendas can use it to enter Australia as well.