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Charities and terrorism: lessons from the Syrian crisis

One of the challenges faced by international security agencies is that individuals and groups have used the genuine humanitarian needs generated by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq to provide cover for foreign fighters and to raise funds to support terrorist groups. This is not...
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Stepfamilies: understanding and responding effectively

This paper combines literature and research with the experiences of staff at the Stepfamily Association of Victoria (SAVI) in delivering counselling, support and education to stepfamilies over the past 25 years. The paper discusses problems in defining and quantifying the number of stepfamilies, the complexities...
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Justice or stability? Hizbullah, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and consequences for the region

This paper explores what the outcomes of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri) will mean for both key domestic actors in Lebanese politics such as Hizbullah, and regional players like Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United...
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Typology of terror - the backgrounds of Australian jihadis

In order to better understand what motivates Australian radical Islamists to join or support a terrorist group it is first necessary to get a better understanding of who they are. This working paper examines data sets from 173 Australian citizens and residents to paint a...
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An idea in good currency: collaborative leadership in the national security community

The importance of collaborative leadership is widely acknowledged in Australia's national security community. But what is collaborative leadership? How do national security professionals learn about it? This National Security College Occasional Paper addresses both these questions and explores the extent to which a shared understanding...
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An idea in good currency: collaborative leadership in the national security community

The concept of collaborative leadership has emerged as potentially a new method of operating within Australia's national security community. With the publication of the 2008 Review of Homeland and Border Security (also known as the ‘Smith Review’) and the subsequent Prime Minister’s National Security Statement...
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Syria: how the West can play a weak hand better

This report examines the trajectory of the Syrian conflict in the wake of the Russian and US agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. It argues that while that agreement, enshrined in Security Council Resolution 2118, may remove a pernicious class of weapons from the Syrian...
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Sectarian violence: the threat to Australia

Sectarian-related security concerns in Australia are not entirely new, but the current issues surrounding Australians fighting in Syria and Iraq are qualitatively different, argues this paper. Abstract Neither the presence of Australian foreign fighters overseas nor sectarian-related security concerns in Australia are entirely new to...
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Iranian foreign policy under Rouhani

In this Lowy Institute Analysis Rodger Shanahan examines changes in Iranian foreign policy under President Rouhani. He argues that while the Iranian President has changed the tone of Iranian foreign policy, changing the substance will prove much more difficult. Key findings Rouhani is a centrist...
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Australia in the Middle East: enduring risks, interests, and opportunities

Despite ending its 20-year military operations in the Middle East, Australia’s equities in the region are now more substantial than ever, writes Rodger Shanahan.