Analysis

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering War Clouds

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Armenia and Azerbaijan are once again on collision course along increasingly active front lines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. ICG Mediators Russia, France and the U.S., should pressure Yerevan and Baku to tone down inflammatory rhetoric, agree to talks and take steps towards… Executive Summary A year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s April 2016 violent flare-up, Armenia and… Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering… Read More »

Top universities with the best student-to-staff ratio 2017

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Data from the World University Rankings reveal the top universities with the best student-to-staff ratios Seeta Bhardwa The World University Rankings A lower student-to-staff ratio can help students to cultivate closer relationships with their lecturers, have quicker access to essay feedback, and get involved in… Times Higher Education has created this table to show which universities have the best student-to-staff ratios in the world as a… Top universities with… Read More »

Grandfathering the Australian dream

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House prices, insecure work and growing debts … Who can afford a stake in today’s society? Richard Denniss The Monthly The Liberal Party of Robert Menzies wanted all Australians to own their own home. The Liberal Party of Malcolm Turnbull wants us all to be landlords. The times, they are a-changin’. Australia’s longest-serving prime minister set out, quite deliberately, to give young people a physical and financial stake in the… Grandfathering the Australian… Read More »

Christianity does not play a significant role in Australian politics, but cultural conservatism does

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Debates about same-sex marriage and Catholic school funding suggest that religion plays an important role in Australian… Geoffrey Robinson The Conversation But Australian political religion functions largely as an expression of a general cultural conservatism and institutional self-interest, rather than as an expression of personal religious… For many Australians religion is about truth: Jesus was the son of God who… Christianity does not… Read More »

How we can help refugee kids to thrive in Australia

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When we think about refugee children’s health, we tend to assume bad news. But refugee children are highly resilient. Karen Zwi The Conversation This means they can thrive, mature and develop despite poor circumstances, and can adapt despite severe and long-term hardship. Our newly published research is the first of its kind to track the long… How we can… Read More »

Kenya’s Rift Valley: Old Wounds, Devolution’s New Anxieties

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While the chance is small that August 2017 elections ignite a major conflict, county governorship races could well trigger inter-ethnic clashes in the Rift Valley, Kenya’s populous economic heart. ICG The government should train police in non-violent methods that de-escalate crises, and restart grassroots peacebuilding initiatives. Executive Summary The Rift Valley is the crucible of Kenya’s intercommunal conflicts and… Kenya’s Rift Valley… Read More »

Kenya’s Rift Valley: Old Wounds, Devolution’s New Anxieties

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While the chance is small that August 2017 elections ignite a major conflict, county governorship races could well trigger inter-ethnic clashes in the… ICG The government should train police in non-violent methods that de-escalate crises, and restart grassroots peacebuilding initiatives… Executive Summary The Rift Valley is the crucible of Kenya’s intercommunal conflicts and… Kenya’s Rift Valley… Read More »

Germany votes: European dilemmas in the Federal Election

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SUMMARY The European Union that Germany and its partners have built together since the early 1990s has been an environment highly conducive to German… By Almut Möller with case studies by Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Sebastian Dullien & Kadri Liik ecfr.eu With the United Kingdom and the Trump administration calling into question the EU model of regional order, Berlin has made a strategic choice to seek to strengthen the… It has started to build coalitions of partners around core policies in a ... Read More »

What Vietnam Can Offer America

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U.S. policy must achieve a U.S.-Vietnam alliance that can neutralize Chinese primacy in Southeast Asia. Alexander Vuving The National Interest When Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc travels to the United States later this month, he will be the first national leader from Southeast Asia and the third from an Asian—but not Middle Eastern—country after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and… Although this does not mean that Vietnam is the… What Vietnam Can… Read More »

Listening to the heart: what now for Indigenous recognition after the Uluru summit?

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Delegates at the First Nations Constitutional Convention at Uluru have issued a powerful “statement from the heart”. Harry Hobbs The Conversation They called for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a commission to progress treaty-making between governments and Indigenous people. The Uluru statement reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations. But, in… Listening to the… Read More »

Russia Has One Super ‘Cannon’ That Can Kill Cities

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Russia maintains just one active battalion of eight 2S4s in service, with over four hundred in reserve. Sebastien Roblin The National Interest In 2000, Tyulpans played a prominent role in the siege of Grozny in the second Chechen war, systematically “leveling” the city from afar according to one analyst. 127 targets were reported destroyed by Daredevil laser-guided rounds. All together the Russian army claims to have… Russia Has One… Read More »

Lindt Cafe siege inquest highlights need for police to change their closed-off culture

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The New South Wales coroner, Michael Barnes, made 45 recommendations in his report on the Lindt Cafe siege. Terry Goldsworthy The Conversation These recommendations, released on Wednesday, mainly deal with police procedures and responses to terrorist incidents like the siege, which resulted in the deaths of two hostages and the offender in Sydney in 2014. Using hindsight can be beneficial Much of the controversy around the… Lindt Cafe siege… Read More »

Terrorists see reason in madness of targeting public events

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Islamic extremists hit ‘lifestyle’ targets in the hope of convincing us we face a threat that is as ubiquitous as it is unpredictable Jason Burke  The Guardian In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, a network of young militants formed in London and discussed targets. They did not talk about embassies, army bases or planes. Instead they spoke of attacking “pubs… Terrorists see reason… Read More »

This is how Islamist radicalisation actually happens

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This attack on Manchester is part of a pattern of attacks from the nail bomber in Soho to the attacks in Bali to Paris based on this false totalitarianism that insists they cannot share the… Katherine Brown Independent Radicalisation is described as “everything that happens before the bomb goes off,” ICSR expert Peter… It is an attempt to recognise that terrorists are not born but made. In radicalisation… This is how… Read More »

Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy is great. But he could have just paid more tax

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It’s true philanthropy is more common in the USA. So is tax minimisation, citizens without health insurance and homelessness Kristina Keneally The Guardian Fortescue Metals Group founder and billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola made the single biggest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history on… For that, they are to be congratulated… Twiggy Forrest’s philanthropy… Read More »

Why Trump’s First Trip Is Focusing on Faith

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Trump’s administration recognizes that ideas and identity still have power, and need to be understood. Alberto M. Fernandez The National Interest Despised by so many among the American political and cultural elite, President Trump paradoxically still has a tremendous opportunity during his first overseas trip to begin to forge a… Given that most media coverage of President Trump is negative, it is no… Why Trump’s First… Read More »