Don’t be blasé, Trump really could go to war with Iran

There is a temptation in Australia to think US President Donald Trump is just rattling sabres with Iran. In the best-case scenario, that may be true. But in the worst-case scenario we are heading to war – and it is not an unpredicted war. Back in June 2017, I predicted Mr Trump would not bomb North Korea, …

Terrorists like the Christchurch gunman feed off everyday hate – it’s up to us to fight it at its source

The recent attack in New Zealand reminds us that terror can strike anywhere. One of the critical objectives of terrorists is to inspire fear, copy-cat attacks and perhaps even to provoke retaliation so that their “inter-cultural war” may continue. In situations like these, it’s usually said we can “only hope” that security services successfully stop additional attacks. …

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 …