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 …

Trump – Kim Summit: What is Kim’s game?

After a long train journey Kim Jong Un will pull into Vietnam mid-week for his second summit with Donald Trump. While many column inches have been written on the motivations of Donald Trump, what about those of Kim Jong Un? Trying to figure out Kim is not an exercise of intellectual fantasy. Any good negotiator …

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. …