Foreign fighters

Discussion paper

Afghanistan on the brink of an abyss

Australia’s recent closure of its embassy in Kabul, and the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, casts a deep shadow over Afghanistan’s future prospects. In this paper, leading expert on Afghanistan, William Maley, examines the implications for the Afghan nation...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: How does Australia's plan to strip foreign fighters of citizenship compare to other nations?

Defending proposed changes to give him the power to strip Australian citizenship from dual nationals fighting with terrorist groups, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton claims Australia is not "ahead of the pack" as countries such as the UK, US, New Zealand

ISIS in the West: the new faces of extremism

Immediately following the recent extremist attacks in Paris, this report provides an analysis of the kinds of people attracted to ISIS and other jihad movements from the West.

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...
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...