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Anne-Marie Balbi

Anne-Marie Balbi is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies at Curtin University. Her research explores soft counterterrorism strategies and she teaches in the fields of International Relations and Terrorism studies. She was one of the original researchers in the COVER (Countering Online Violent Extremism Research) program while at Curtin. She was also inducted as an Emerging Scholar by the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) in 2012 for a publication based on her master’s thesis, and is currently a Committee member of the AIIA WA chapter. Originally from Sweden she has a great interest for European politics and international affairs in general.

Anne-Marie holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science) from Stockholm University and a Master of International Relations from Curtin University.           

Articles by Anne-Marie Balbi (6)

  • Time to put the foot down on Putin

    Matthew Dal Santo’s analysis of diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia over Syria makes the argument that diplomatic talks must resume, but he really hits the mark when he says that 'a diplomatic solution was from the start a mirage at best and a trick at worst'.  Russia cannot be dealt with in the same way liberal democracies deal with each other. As the editorial team of the largest Swedish newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, recently put it: 'Russia is an impossible partner.
  • More reflections on terrorism and the value of life

    Responding to my reflections on the Orlando terrorist attack, Sam Roggeveen asks a powerful question: does society value human life more now than in previous times? In support of the affirmative, Roggeveen points to the enormous material and well-being advances of humankind over recent decades. And indeed the fact that people, on aggregate, are living longer and healthier is incontestable. To my mind, however, this substitutes outcomes with intentions.
  • Missing in action: Persuasive counter-narratives and reasoned discourse

    In light of recent terror attacks in Israel it is hard not to reflect upon the narrative that must be influencing them. The Israel-Palestinian conflict is understandably part of that discourse, but so is the role of ISIS propaganda. The widespread narrative that the group promotes is undoubtedly fuelling existing conflicts and polarisation in the region.