What’s the role of faith in service?
European Commission DG ECHO
Religious values, deeply rooted in texts, serve as an important motivator for giving. Religious Americans volunteer more, give more, and give more often.
A memorial on Las Ramblas following the attack.
A toxic combination of history and social tension makes Spain fertile ground for extremist recruitment.
La Rambla runs right through the centre of Barcelona.
The boulevard runs through the heart of the city, drives its tourist economy and acts as a symbol of life in Catalonia.
Spain plays a relatively inconsequential role in the fight against Islamic State.
The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
At least 16 people have died, and scores more have been injured, in a terror attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas strip.
Barcelona 2017, London 2017, Berlin 2016, Nice 2016. In all of these cases the weapon of choice was a vehicle, driven at speed, into crowds innocently going about their daily business. Barcelona is just…
The offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State has damaged thousands of structures in the historic Old City.
The West needs to push for local action against Islamic State's reign of terror in the Middle East. States in the region must find solutions to the conflicts to bring peace and stability.
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.