It is up to all of us to counter extremism.

Over the years I have observed, interacted with and studied radical extremism as a visiting professor at Kings College, as a practitioner conducting on the ground negotiations in humanitarian settings, and as a member of an expert panel on negotiations with non-state groups. I am always saddened but rarely shocked by extremist’s acts.  If there …

Why banning ISIS returnees may not be our safest option

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” is an often cited quotation. Is there a kernel of truth here that can be used for the 100 or so Australian ISIS fighters who want to come home? In Australia the government attempted to remove the nationality of ISIS fighter Neil Prakash, claiming he was Fijian. …

Australia’s fundamental race divide is not the date of Australia Day.

For the life of me, I don’t understand why convict descendants want to celebrate January 26. After all, why celebrate the unfair and harsh incarceration of your ancestors? Now that Australia day is over, let’s get to the fundamental issue behind Australia’s race divide – and it is not the date of our national day, …