Terrorism

Right-wing extremists: the danger not of bombs but ballots
Right-wing extremists: the danger not of bombs but ballots
Book Review: Rise of the Extreme Right: The New Global Extremism and the Threat to Democracy, by Lydia Khalil (Penguin, 2022). Far-right terrorism and extremism…
Bali 2002: When global terrorism first came close to home
Bali 2002: When global terrorism first came close to home
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost twenty years since the night of 12 October 2002. The deadly impact of extremism will always be with the survivors and those who lost…
Twenty years after Bali
Twenty years after Bali
The horrified reaction of many Australians to the planned early release of Bali bomber Umar Patek demonstrates the lasting traumatic impact of the 12 October 2002 bombing, but the…
Understanding global right-wing extremism
Understanding global right-wing extremism
Book Review: Rise of the Extreme Right: The New Global Extremism and the Threat to Democracy, by Lydia Khalil (Penguin, 2022). The rise of the global extreme right has been a…
The very personal legacy of Ayman al-Zawahiri
The very personal legacy of Ayman al-Zawahiri
News that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed last week by US precision drone strike caught me by surprise. Zawahiri has been a fixture of the jihadist scene for decades,…
Killing the al-Qaeda chief leaves endless questions
Killing the al-Qaeda chief leaves endless questions
Killing of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a US drone attack inside Taliban-ruled Afghanistan at the weekend has been billed as a major win by the United States…
The many consequences of a clear blue day on 11 September, 2001
The many consequences of a clear blue day on 11 September, 2001
The 9/11 attacks – four separate coordinated strikes by al-Qaeda using passenger planes as weapons of mass destruction – were the deadliest and most consequential terrorist events…
The Director’s Chair: John Howard on Australia-China relations, the Afghanistan War, and COVID
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The Director’s Chair: John Howard on Australia-China relations, the Afghanistan War, and COVID
In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with John Howard, Australia’s 25th Prime Minister
9/11: A President reacts on a day of fear and anger
9/11: A President reacts on a day of fear and anger
Twenty years on, there are many different ways to remember 9/11. Many rightly focus on the families of the victims, as Jennifer Senior does in her remarkable article in The…