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No questions have been asked about Australia’s knowledge of torture committed by the US. Shutterstock

Why Australia needs its own torture report

As a liberal democracy, Australia needs its own report on US torture in Iraq and has a legal and moral obligation to prevent torture.
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.
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.

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