Islamic State promises martyrdom and redemption through murder in Australia

Islamic State promises martyrdom and redemption through murder in Australia

First published on 21 September 2016 on Australian Financial Review. Author: Greg Barton. What do you do when the world's most powerful terrorist organisation calls you out by name? The so-called Islamic state is masterful at propaganda and has its back against the wall in the Middle East, having recently lost not just territory

By | 21 September 2016|

What is going to make Australia safer?

First published on 19 July 2016 on news.com.au. Author: Charis Chang. SONIA Kruger is scared, Pauline Hanson says there is “fear on our streets”, and banning Muslims is the best way of feeling safe. Or is it? People have anxieties and those anxieties are understandable, Professor Greg Barton told news.com.au. “It’s a

By | 19 July 2016|

Islamic State and the art of crowdsourcing terror

First published on 18 July 2016 in the Australian Financial Review. Author: Greg Barton. Was France's worst mass murderer a terrorist? Islamic State says he was. Certainly the modus operandi in Nice fits with that of IS inspired attacks: a troubled individual callously exploiting a soft target, indiscriminately killing as many as possible and committed to giving

By | 18 July 2016|

Nice attacks: Threshold lowered for Australia, says Greg Barton

First published 15 July 2016 in the Herald Sun. Author: Greg Barton. THE scenes of carnage from Nice are as familiar as they are shocking. Terrorist attacks used to be relatively rare events but in the age of the Islamic State they have become almost regular events. The problems of other people’s countries

By | 15 July 2016|

Turkey is caught in a storm of terror from domestic and international forces

First published on 29 June 2016 in the Herald Sun. Author: Greg Barton.  “IF states, as all humanity, fail to join forces and wage a joint fight against terrorist organisations, all the possibilities that we dread in our minds will come true one by one.” So said Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in

By | 29 June 2016|

Terror at the core of this horror killing in Orlando

First published 14 June 2016 in the Herald Sun. Author: Greg Barton. WHEN an incident is described as being the deadliest mass shooting in US history, it is clearly very big news. Describing it as the biggest terrorist attack in America since 9/11 lifts it to another level. But was it, in

By | 14 June 2016|

Brussels attack has exposed failings of security agencies globally and could inspire more attacks

First published 23 March 2016 on news.com.au. Authors: Charis Chang and Benedict Brook. THE success of the Brussels attack has exposed the failings of security agencies globally and could ultimately be used to inspire more attacks. Counter-terrorism expert Professor Greg Barton told news.com.au that while the explosions that killed at least 34

By | 23 March 2016|

Brussels attacks show how we must rethink security

First published 23 March 2016 in the Herald Sun HOW do you protect soft targets? Can airports, train stations, cafe strips, and pedestrian malls ever really be hardened in the ways that embassies and government buildings can be? In the wake of callous attacks in Brussels, Istanbul, Jakarta, Paris, Beirut, Ankara, Tunis

By | 23 March 2016|

Help Muslim communities fight the extremists

First published 21 March 2016 in the Financial Review Predatory jihadist recruiters are targeting Australia’s Muslim youth Over the past fortnight it we have had to face the awful reality that, because of developments in Iraqi and Syria, Australia faces a terrorism threat that is beyond the scale of anything we have faced

By | 21 March 2016|

RAMP-ing up responses to radicalisation in our communities: effective pathways to engagement: policy briefing March 2016

We know that various sectors of our community are susceptible to extreme views that are in conflict with a peaceful, egalitarian and multicultural society. The example most often used is that of religious fundamentalism connected with warfare in the Middle East, but white supremacism and misogyny are other areas of increasing concern. Community organisations

By | 11 March 2016|