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Report

Conflict economies in the Middle East and North Africa

This report examines the common economic factors that continue to drive conflict in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. It also makes specific recommendations to Western policymakers addressing these types of sub-economies in detail.
Report

Global peace index 2019

This annual report finds that global peacefulness has improved for the first time in five years, but the world continues to be less peaceful than a decade ago.
Report

"I won't forget this carnage" Civilians trapped in battle for Raqqa, Syria

This report documents how hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured since an offensive began in June (2017) to recapture Raqqa, the 'capital' and main stronghold of the armed group, Islamic State (IS).
Report

The battle for hegemony in the Middle East

Australia and other Western countries have to come to terms with their limited role in shaping the outcomes of the battle for hegemony in the Arab Middle East.
Report

Human slaughterhouse: mass hangings and extermination at Saydnaya prison, Syria

At Saydnaya Military Prison, the Syrian authorities have quietly and methodically organized the killing of thousands of people in their custody. Amnesty International’s research shows that the murder, torture, enforced disappearance and extermination, carried out at Saydnaya since 2011, has been perpetrated as part of...
Commentary

Iran has more at stake in Syria than America and its allies

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.
Working paper

Performance activism in Nabi Saleh: the collaborative theater of politics and resistance

Having spent the last five years studying the organization and aesthetics of citizen protest against oppressive power structures in the Middle East and Africa, we find ourselves in agreement with the description of the protests as “staged.” But the criticism of such staging reflects a...
Journal article

Engineering confederalism for Iraq

This article examines Iraqi political developments in the last few years. It argues that unless a constitutional mechanism for proper dispersal of political powers across Iraq's regions and branches of its government is developed quickly, it may become too late for defeating Islamic State in...
Report

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...
Audio

1938 revisited? Should doors open wider to Syrian refugees?

For a world that promised 'Never Again' after World War II, how much have we actually learned from the handling of refugee crises of the past? Are we making the same mistakes over and over again? This discussion was first broadcast on Radio National.