The Sept. 11 attacks and subsequent “war on terror” had a transformative impact on the handling of secrecy and surveillance activities in government programs.
Intelligence agencies must be incorruptible and 'speak truth to power' to be of any benefit to policymakers and the communities they serve.
The challenge for legislators, courts and the wider community is to ensure any interference with privacy is minimal, rather than merely lawful.
It is vital for governments and citizens to discuss how much privacy should be sacrificed when issues of national security arise.
The incoming head of the Australian Defence Force, Lt-Gen Angus Campbell (left), understands the importance of Australia’s relations with its nearest neighbours.
The incoming Chief of the Defence Force, Angus Campbell, will need to focus his attentions on an array of conventional and non-conventional security concerns in the Indo-Pacific.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The US Secretary of State's mission to Africa will produce few benefits for the continent or for US-Africa relations.
Fed up: a protest in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan.
The movement known as the 'Pashtun Long March' and the 'Pashtun Spring' has emerged from a history of human rights abuses, regional politics and War on Terror policies.
A Somali man talks to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers as they secure an area in the coastal town of Kismayu in southern Somalia.
Kenya cited national security when it crossed into Somali territory in pursuit of Al-Shabaab militants. But there were numerous other potential aims at play.
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo (right) with outgoing President Hassan Sheik Mohamud.
EPA/Said Yusuf Warsame
If Al-Shabaab maintains its hard stance, the possibility for dialogue will continue to be remote and Somalia's government will be forced to intensify the war on terror through new strategies.
Keeping it clean.
The UK has yet to properly grapple with its past complicity in prisoner abuses and torture.
The Libyan rebel leader Abdel Hakim Belhaj who has won the right to sue former British foreign secretary Jack Straw.
Three key rulings by the UK Supreme Court and their legal implications.
Iraqi special forces soldier advancing toward Mosul, Iraq.
AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
What happens to the Islamic State if it loses the battle for territory in Iraq and Syria? Here's a list of ways it might go down.
EPA/Zouhir al Shimale
A volunteer force that provides humanitarian aid in the worst of conditions, the White Helmets are the target of some very caustic conspiracy theory.
Jose Louis Morales sits and prays under his brother Edward Sotomayor Jr.‘s cross for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Are Americans at increasing risk of being killed in a terrorist attack? A sociologist explains how the way we remember the dead may make it feel that way.
Cover of The Silent Minaret.
The protagonist in the novel ‘The Silent Minaret’ gets us to question that powerful political-cultural myth of being tied to nation. That is a remarkable achievement in fiction.
The War on Terror-era programme of clandestine abductions and detentions wasn't just an American initiative.
Manchester downright refuses to commemorate the 1996 IRA bombings – it's a bold political statement.
Residents view an army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria.
Despite military successes against Boko Haram, Nigeria needs to face up to the unpalatable truth that military force alone will not win the deadly war, and start discussions about peace building.
In the 1990s Paul Kagame of Rwanda, along with Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, were considered the democratic darlings of Africa.
Africa's democratic promise of the 1990s has lost its shine. Hopes for accountable rule have faded in Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. All have blocked the path to meaningful popular empowerment.
The reporting of terrorist atrocities is polarising opinion in a way that is dangerous for the craft of journalism.
The Crusades evoke a romantic image of medieval knights, chivalry, romance and religious high-mindedness.
Representing even the Crusades as wars between Christians and Muslims is a gross oversimplification and a misreading of history.
Speaking to the nation December 6.
Winston Churchill famously suggested that: You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else. Speaking with his characteristic mix of the compassionate and cerebral…