The war in Syria has been responsible for many of the high number of deaths in wars in recent years.
To maximise the long-term effectiveness of Australia’s foreign policies, there would be great value in strengthening our conflict prevention and resolution capabilities.
Iraqis celebrate the recapture of Mosul from Islamic State.
While Islamic State might be taking significant blows, including the recapture of the key Iraqi city, there is no reason to expect the violent and radical group will disappear.
The remains of the University of Mosul destroyed during a battle with Islamic State militants, in April 2017. South Africa offers lessons in rebuilding.
South Africa's peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy holds crucial lessons for a post-Islamic State Iraq.
A Crusader Castle decoration stone at the Arabic Fortress Citadel in Kerak, Jordan, built in 1142.
Islamic State propaganda uses a narrative of centuries-old 'crusader' aggression.
Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi walks through a market in Mosul on July 9.
Iraqi prime minister office handout/EPA
Iraqis are proud of the victory in Mosul, but worried about the huge tasks ahead.
The terrorist group is trying to destroy a religious minority.
Supporters of Jakarta’s former Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama.
AP Photo/Dita Alangkara
An expert on Islam and democracy examines the threat to the world's largest Muslim majority country.
A bus displaying the Pak-China friendship sign, along a road in Karachi, Pakistan.
Are Chinese lives the price to pay for doing business in Pakistan?
US-backed forces in Iraq and in Syria are in the process of rooting Islamic State (IS) fighters out of their strongholds in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. In the case of Mosul in Iraq, the removal of…
Children used as pawns in conflict.
Child victims are used to justify the cause, while young soldiers further it.
A handout aerial image made available by the Combined Joint Task Force shows the destroyed remains of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri.
EPA/Combined Joint Task Force Handout
The destruction of the al-Nuri Mosque and its minaret is a sad blow to Iraqi culture – and a rallying cry too.
The Great Mosque’s famous leaning minaret in 2013.
The Great Mosque of Mosul - with its iconic leaning minaret - appeared on one of Iraq's banknotes. Its destruction by the Islamic State is an act of great symbolic importance.
The new anti-terror laws COAG has proposed for Australia go far beyond those in the UK.
Proposed new laws will restrict parole and bail to those merely associated in some way with terrorism, even when they have not be arrested for – or convicted of – a specific terrorism offence.
EPA/Yousseff Rabie Yousseff
The sustained assault on IS's two main strongholds could be followed by years of local and global insurgency.
Australian authorities have been working to come up with a comprehensive response to terrorist threats.
There is good evidence that Australia's counter-terrorism strategies are working.
Iranian policemen at the parliament building in Tehran, June 7.
The world's response to two terrorist incidents in Iran was telling, and ominous.
Social media can play a role in countering the terror messages from extremists.
Politicians want social media giants to crack down on those publishing extremist material. A focus on disruption, encryption, recruitment and creating counter-narratives is recommended.
An Iraqi soldier inspects a train tunnel adorned with an Islamic State group flag in Mosul, Iraq.
AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed
An expert explains that such claims are probably more calculated and careful than you'd expect.
Khuram Shazad Butt (left) and Rachid Redouane, named as two of the men shot dead by police following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market.
The way we talk about attacks is actually helping the extremists' monstrous cause.
Iraqi soldiers gather near the remains of wall panels and colossal statues of winged bulls that were destroyed by Islamic State militants in the Assyrian city of Nimrud, late last year.
Islamic State has destroyed globally-significant sites in Iraq and Syria, but not as wanton acts of destruction. Instead, they are calculated political and religious attacks.