Working paper

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...

Canadian terrorists by the numbers: an assessment of Canadians joining and supporting terrorist groups

With ISIS facing complete collapse, Canada is now forced to deal with an uncomfortable reality - there are Canadians who joined or supported terrorist movements who are going home or are already in the country. The report examines existing literature and data on European and...
Audio interview

From victims to suspects: Shakira Hussein on Muslim women

Interview with Dr Shakira Hussein, writer and academic, who has just written a new book From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11. She explores the complex reasons which drive young women and men to join ISIL, and how Muslim women negotiate identity, feminism and...
Briefing paper

Radicalisation and violent extremism: causes and responses

The radicalisation of Australian citizens, and the decision by a small number to commit acts of extremist violence, has led to considerable community concern in recent years. In NSW, there was the tragic December 2014 Martin Place Lindt Café siege 1 and the October 2015...
Journal article

National minority and racialized minorities: the case of Pakistanis in Quebec

Canada is often characterized as a multicultural country with two official languages associated with two official population groups: the national majority of white, anglophone Canadians and the national minority of white, francophone Quebecers. Racialized minorities, including immigrants, are situated as the third node in the...
Briefing paper

Are we really living safe together? Part 2

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is the peak advocacy organisation for ethnic and multicultural groups in Victoria. This social cohesion policy brief is the second of a two part discussion addressing community concern over future government ‘deradicalisation’ initiatives. After the implementation of the...

Beijing, Moscow and Tehran: new partnerships, new alignments, new considerations?

Tehran has reportedly sent around one thousand élite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) troops to back up its proxy Hezbollah forces that are fighting Islamic State terrorists in Syria. These troops will work with the Hezbollah fighters to take the town of Zabadani from IS...
Journal article

Malaysia’s 2013 election: the nation, and the National Front

If ever an election victory could be interpreted as a humiliation by the winning side, then the Malaysian federal election, held in May this year, was profoundly humiliating for the National Front (Barisan Nasional, or BN).

The role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace

“I am an anthropologist. Anthropologists, as a group, study the diversity of human cultures to understand our commonalities and differences, and to use the knowledge of what is common to us all to help us bridge our differences. My research aims to help reduce violence...

Radicalisation awareness information kit

The Australian Government has developed various resources that inform about what radicalisation is, how people radicalise, radicalisation online, and what to do if you are concerned someone you know is radicalising. This kit has been produced to raise awareness and help all Australians understand the...