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War on Terrorism (2001-)


Why Australia needs its own torture report

As a liberal democracy, Australia needs its own report on US torture in Iraq and has a legal and moral obligation to prevent torture.

The new era of secret law

At least 74 opinions, memoranda, and letters issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) between 2002 and 2009 on core post-9/11 national security topics, including intelligence activities and the detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects, remain entirely classified, according to this new...

Communication breakdown: unraveling the Islamic State's media efforts

This report breaks down the Islamic State’s media activities through a two-fold approach. First, it examines a small number of declassified documents captured from the group’s predecessors to provide a baseline understanding its present-day media structure and operations. Second, through an examination of over 9,000...

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...
Conference paper

Expeditionary warfare in the age of global terrorism: a critical assessment of Britain's war against Al Qaeda

The war against Al Qaeda and its allies may well become the defining conflict of our age. Certainly it is cited as evidence of a transformation of war that is sweeping away older modes of warfare. This paper seeks to explain the reasons for the...
Conference paper

Re-orienting the postcolonial: responding to the South, working in the North

Taking bearings from critical currents of thought in south Asia and black Africa and beyond, this paper discusses some of the differences in how postcolonialism is read from place to place in the light of local politics and culture. The paper makes a case for...

Terrorism law

This guide contains links to Internet resources and documents in the area of anti-terrorism law. Emphasis is on Australian federal (Commonwealth) legislation. Links to Australian State and Territory legislation are also given, as well as significant overseas resources. The guide was prepared by the Federal...

A Christmas truce in the war on terror

Most other countries have laws that also prohibit the urging or incitement of violence. Such laws are designed to recognise that, in a liberal democracy, it is not permissible to use the cloak of freedom of expression to encourage crimes of violence, writes Edward Santow.

The real loser

Justice has been sacrificed again at Guantanamo Bay, writes Geoffrey Barker.

Guilt in the minor league

David Hicks admitted nothing more than he had described in letters home, writes Andrew Lynch.