Syria

Report

25 Oct 2019
31

This report reveals that, contrary to the Turkish authorities’ claims that they do not deport anyone to Syria, in mid-2019 it is likely that hundreds of Syrian refugees across Turkey were swept up, detained, and transported against their will to one of the world’s most...

Report

4 Jul 2019
10

Throughout the conflict in Syria, the government has severely restricted how and where aid is delivered for military or political purposes. This paper offers a new framework for international humanitarian organizations and UN agencies to provide assistance to those in need.

Literature review

An Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health
30 Nov 2018
28

This Evidence Check was commissioned by the NSW Ministry of Health to provide a summary of evidence from Australia and other countries related to the effectiveness and appropriateness of community-based psychosocial support services and programs for refugees and asylum seekers.

Report

20 Sep 2017
111

This paper provides a summary of Australia’s military operations in Syria and an overview of key associated issues, particularly those relevant to the Parliament. Many of these matters are also relevant to the conduct of operations in Iraq, but this paper does not specifically address...

Report

23 Aug 2017
57

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

17 Feb 2017
96

This report is based on a systematic review of open source information about the finances of Islamic State in its core territory in Syria and Iraq.

Key findings

Estimates vary widely. It remains impossible to say exactly how much money Islamic State...

Report

7 Feb 2017
61

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...

Report

22 Sep 2016
12

Summary

Turkey, Syria and Iraq depend on the Tigris-Euphrates river system for their food and water security. Both rivers have contributed to interstate tension and hostility, and the region is yet to agree on a water-sharing mechanism that could lead to more amicable...

Commentary

4 Jan 2016
56

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.

Report

16 Dec 2015
17

Summary

Since the beginning of Syria’s uprising in 2011, many have died in detention facilities run by the Syrian government’s notorious mukhabarat (security agencies). In 2012, Human Rights Watch identified and mapped 27 of these detention centers around the country, many in the...

Report

14 Sep 2015
46

This briefing explores the evolving relationship between media and politics in the period following the Arab uprisings of 2011.

Overview: Over the past several years, the Arab world has been characterised by an increasingly polarised political discourse. ‘After the Arab uprisings: the prospects for...

Audio

12 Sep 2015
81

Introduction

Well, Syria was in the news a lot this week, both with regard to the 4 million displaced Syrian refugees that have created a rolling migration crisis in Europe and the ongoing conflict in Syria, which is driving the vast majority of...

Audio

11 Sep 2015
34

Does it seem that every time the world watches refugees flee violence and persecution while politicians claim their country can't possibly take in asylum seekers, we lamentingly claim that the world will never again turn its back on these people.

And yet the next...

Journal article

10 Sep 2015
33

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

28 May 2015
236

This report explores the phenomenon of Western females travelling to Syria and Iraq in support of ISIS.

Introduction

Although often assumed to be passive agents, women have played significant roles in a number of contemporary terrorist organizations. Violent extremist groups across the...

Report

18 May 2015
95

Foreign policy is typically a blandly bipartisan affair in liberal democracies like Australia and the United States. Although different slogans are employed by left and right, major political parties support broadly liberal foreign policy goals. Both sides of politics want to preserve peace and national...

Transcript

23 Apr 2015
119

“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...

Discussion paper

16 Apr 2015
641

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...

Article

17 Mar 2015
119

Discusses the problem New Zealand faces in dealing with radicalisation and the participation by its citizens in foreign conflicts.

Journal article

15 Mar 2015
17

If unchecked, the Islamic State poses a security threat not only to Iraq and the Middle East countries but also to the West because of its ability to recruit hundreds of foreign jihadists who may pose threats on their return. Media narratives suggest that the...

Overview

 

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