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This research paper addresses some of the key military, political, and diplomatic aspects of Australia’s drawdown in Afghanistan, and provides some early indications as to what the post-2014 mission could look like.
Australia first sent troops to conduct operations in Afghanistan...
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...
This paper seeks to contextualise Australia’s bilateral relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran upon the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and at a time when the potential for military conflict is escalating.
It canvasses key milestones and events in the bilateral relationship from...
Afghanistan is hurtling toward a devastating political crisis as the government prepares to take full control of security in 2014, argues this report.
Plagued by factionalism and corruption, Afghanistan is far from ready to assume responsibility for security when U.S. and NATO forces withdraw...
This background note highlights some key public statements by Australian Government officials on the Arab-Israeli conflict as a way of illustrating Australia’s evolving policies towards the Middle East.
It focuses on Australia’s publicly stated position on Palestinian statehood, but also references Australia’s response to...
This paper traces the structural factors driving anti-government mobilisation in Afghanistan in each successive phase of the country’s thirty years of conflicts.
Drawing on extensive literature from both international and Afghan sources, it analyses the social and political factors behind the ideological war of...
A 21-nation Pew Global Attitudes survey finds widespread opposition to Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.
And in most countries, there is majority support among opponents of a nucleararmed Iran for international economic sanctions to try to stop Tehran’s weapons program. The Chinese and the Russians...