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...

The post-caliphate Salafi-jihadi environment

This Strategic Insight reviews the post-caliphate Salafi-jihadi environment, focusing on two issues: the franchising strategy of al-Qaeda and Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the evolving threat of online messaging.

18 years and counting: Australian counterterrorism, threats and responses

This report provides a general overview of what successive Australian governments have done since 9/11 to counter the threat posed by Salafi-jihadi to the maintenance of international peace and security, to regional security and to domestic security.

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...

Terrorism in the Indo-Pacific: Glocalism comes of age

This special report reviews and assesses potential terrorism hotspots in the Indo-Pacific region and offers some policy recommendations for the Australian government.
Audio interview

Global terrorist attacks could step up as ISIS disintegrates: expert

The destruction of Mosul's Al Nuri mosque is another reminder that Islamic State's main victims have been Muslims.

Fear thy neighbor: radicalization and jihadist attacks in the West

This report examines all jihadist-motivated terrorist attacks carried out in Europe and North America since the declaration of the Caliphate by the Islamic State group in June 2014.

Counter-terrorism challenges in Indonesia and beyond: Sidney Jones

This interview presents a discussion with counter-terrorism expert Sidney Jones, relating to some of the potential security challenges confronting Indonesia.
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...
Discussion paper

Australian foreign fighters: risks and responses

In this analysis, Andrew Zammit argues that Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria pose a threat to Australia’s security and examines the options for responding to that threat, including through non-coercive means. Key Findings Australian foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq pose a serious national...