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The February 2010 release of the Rudd government's Counter-Terrorism White Paper: Securing Australia - Protecting our Community, is an important milestone in Australia's evolving national security policy framework. This Policy Analysis offers some ideas on the elements of a more comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy....
This paper examines the shifting patterns of leadership and patronage in Jemaah Islamiyah.
It argues that leadership tensions and recent prison releases raise the possibility that splinter groups might now seek to re-energise the movement through violent attacks.
Since its inception, the internet has been used by terrorist groups around the world to disseminate propaganda and tradecraft materials. But as the internet has evolved in recent years, it is being used more and more as a tool for the radicalisation of young people...
This Policy Analysis, authored by Carl Ungerer and Anthony Bergin, examines the inaugural Australian National Security Statement released on 4 December by the Prime Minister. The statement goes some way to outlining the broad range of risks and threats facing Australia, but it represents only...
The regional terrorist threat remains high on the list of Australia's national security priorities. It is time to take stock of the regional security environment and to ask how the Southeast Asian terrorist threat might evolve in the future. This report, authored by Peter Chalk...
Religiously motivated mass casualty terrorism conducted by shadowy networks on the fringes of international society is not the only threat to Australian security interests. But it is currently the most important. And for two main reasons it is likely to remain at the forefront of...
Defining national security priorities in the current world climate of increasing globalisation is a complicated task. National security concepts that focus on military threats and responses are no longer enough to deal with the range of security risks Australia could be exposed to in this...
The paper examines the strategies employed by Dutch, British and Singaporean agencies to counter radicalisation. It suggests five measures that should be undertaken to prevent the type of violent extremism that has evolved in Europe and elsewhere from establishing itself in Australia.