Issues Brief


  • The Humanitarian Imperative to Assist Migrants

    The Humanitarian Imperative to Assist Migrants

    In light of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent from 8-10 December 2015, the Australian Government and Australian Red Cross have pledged to work together to protect the safety and dignity of migrants in Australia...

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  • Searching for Colombia’s Missing: an Ongoing Struggle

    Searching for Colombia’s Missing: an Ongoing Struggle

    More than five decades of conflict in Colombia has had devastating effects on the civilian population and left tens of thousands of people missing. Clarifying the fate and whereabouts of those who have disappeared is of utmost importance to...

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  • Recovering a Non-violent Identity for an Islamist Pesantren 

    Recovering a Non-violent Identity for an Islamist Pesantren 

    Hidayatullah is one of Indonesia's largest local Islamist pesantren (Islamic boarding school) networks. More than a decade has passed since the pesantren network came into the cross hairs of geopolitics and international concerns over possible...

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  • Localising Humanitarian Action – What it Means for Aid in the Pacific

    Localising Humanitarian Action – What it Means for Aid in the Pacific

    A pledge made by the Australian Government and Australian Red Cross will have lasting implications for the humanitarian system in the Pacific. Australia was among 190 countries represented at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross...

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  • Australia Pledges to Strengthen Humanitarian Action

    Australia Pledges to Strengthen Humanitarian Action

    Under new joint pledges, the Australian Government and Australian Red Cross will work together to strengthen international humanitarian law, protect vulnerable migrants, strengthen humanitarian agencies in the Pacific and promote social cohesion...

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  • Pakistan’s Persistent Security Challenges

    Pakistan’s Persistent Security Challenges

    On 2 December 2015, Pakistan executed four militants involved in the 16 December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. The hour-long siege of the school had resulted in the deaths of 151 persons, including 125 children. The...

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  • Trump’s Call to “Ban Muslims” is Un-American

    Trump’s Call to “Ban Muslims” is Un-American

    Presidential candidate Donald Trump called on Monday for a ban on all Muslims entering the US. He has previously called for surveillance against mosques and a database for all Muslims living the US. Below, some US scholars respond. Sahar Aziz...

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  • Edging Forward: Can there be peace between the two Koreas?

    Edging Forward: Can there be peace between the two Koreas?

    Ahead of a dialogue between the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Korea Foundation, a long-time observer asks if tensions on the Korean Peninsula can be eased.  The two Koreas have been at war with each other since 1950...

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  • Explainer: What is Going On in Mali?

    Explainer: What is Going On in Mali?

    After a week in which Europe was rocked by terrorism on the streets of Paris, gunmen entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali. A hostage situation unfolded and French and Malian security forces battled for control of the...

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  • Australia’s Role in the 1965-66 Communist Massacres in Indonesia

    Australia’s Role in the 1965-66 Communist Massacres in Indonesia

    Fifty years ago, on September 30, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century took place on Australia’s doorstep. Following an AIIA and ANU conference on these events, a young Australian reflects on Australia’s complicity. An estimated...

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