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Building on his in depth reporting in Mosul in late 2016 and early 2017, Matt Brown explores the fight for this vital city in Iraq and the challenges that face the Iraqi Army, Iraqi people, their government and the wider coalition forces, including Australia, who...
Outlines key information about the Anzac landing in Gallipoli and provides further resources.
The Western world is weary of conflict. Fifteen years of war since 2001 have drained the resources of many First World nations and have left an indelible stamp on their armed forces. Many militaries are now struggling to change and adapt in...
This report is based on a systematic review of open source information about the finances of Islamic State in its core territory in Syria and Iraq.
Key findingsEstimates vary widely. It remains impossible to say exactly how much money Islamic State...
The Defence White Paper brought down earlier this year (DWP 2016), the seventh of its kind, appeared shortly before the 40th anniversary of the first, which was tabled in parliament by the Defence Minister, James (later Sir James) Killen, in November 1976.
Australia's commitment to overseas complex emergencies involves ever increasing numbers of civilian and police personnel. Just as relatively junior military personnel are expected to demonstrate strategic levels of awareness, flexibility and leadership so civilians are playing critical roles within contemporary combat zones. Many of these...
Amid all the debate about what the West should or shouldn’t do about the Syrian civil war, few if any commentators acknowledge the reality that the political outcome in Syria matters more to regional states than it does to the West
This report examines what the rise of ISIL means for al-Qaeda and how will it react.
ISIL is a real threat and must be targeted, but al-Qaeda shouldn’t be forgotten. Indeed, al-Qaeda should remain a key focus for international counterterrorism efforts....
Foreign policy is typically a blandly bipartisan affair in liberal democracies like Australia and the United States. Although different slogans are employed by left and right, major political parties support broadly liberal foreign policy goals. Both sides of politics want to preserve peace and national...
The rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in vast swathes of territories in Syria and Iraq, and the US-led military response to it, have introduced another complex dimension to an oil-rich but already very volatile Middle East. The old correlation of forces in support...