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The challenge for legislators, courts and the wider community is to ensure any interference with privacy is minimal, rather than merely lawful. Shutterstock

Trust is the second casualty in the war on terror

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. AAP/Andrew Taylor

As a new defence chief comes in, Australia must focus its attention on its 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.
A Somali man talks to Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers as they secure an area in the coastal town of Kismayu in southern Somalia. Reuters/Siegfried Modola

What Kenya has to show for sending troops into Somalia seven years ago

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

Al-Shabaab: Should the Somali president open talks with the terror group?

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.
Jose Louis Morales sits and prays under his brother Edward Sotomayor Jr.‘s cross for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

How victims of terror are remembered distorts perceptions of safety

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.
Residents view an army poster of wanted Boko Haram suspects in Bayelsa, Nigeria. EPA/Tife Owolabi

Boko Haram: why jaw-jaw might be better than war-war for 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. Reuters/Hereward Holland

How Africa’s 1990s ‘poster boys’ use security fears to roll back democracy

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 Crusades evoke a romantic image of medieval knights, chivalry, romance and religious high-mindedness. David Wise/Flickr

Did the Crusades lead to Islamic State?

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. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Obama shows the flaws in America’s efforts to combat ISIS

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…

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