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Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in the town of Marj al-Sultan, Damascus. SANA/EPA

Door of Syrian peace talks still closed to Australia

Australia has again failed to secure an invitation to a meeting of the International Syria Support Group that is trying to find a political solution to the conflict.
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…
Presidents Hollande and Obama. Is it still possible for nation states to build a global alliance against organisations such as Daesh? Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

States and gangs: the difficult search for new ways to run the world

To save mankind from the scourge of war… These eight words drawn from the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations have been ringing in my head for the past week. Most believe that they were penned…
Displaced residents from the Yazidi sect, fleeing ISIS forces in Sinjar, August 11 2014. Rodi Said/REUTERS

NATO should invade ISIS-held territory

Recent talks in Vienna may help end the Syrian civil war, but diplomacy will not eliminate ISIS.
In condemning terrorist attacks in Paris, French president Francois Hollande (center) used the term Da'ish to refer to Islamic State, a deliberate naming change. Reuters

Islamic State versus Da'ish or Daesh? The political battle over naming

The French term for ISIS – known as Da'ish or Daesh – has gathered more interest in the wake of the Paris attacks. Here's why this battle of naming matters.

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