The trouble with ceasefires
University of Melbourne research finds the 2016 ceasefire in Syria had unexpected consequences, ranging from an impact on rebel governance to humanitarian aid.
Does it matter that strikes against Syria violate international law?
The air strikes in Syria by the US, UK and France violate the UN Charter and international law; a University of Melbourne expert looks at what's at stake.
The reality of terrorism: Old and new
Following the terror attacks in London and Manchester, a University of Melbourne expert looks at how terrorism has changed, and if it's changed that much.
Why is Russia still supporting Syria?
As the G7 puts pressure on Russia to cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, the University of Melbourne examines why Russia is still supporting Syria.
‘A crisis that very much has a child’s face’
The war in Syria has sparked the largest forced migration crisis since the Second World War. Has policy failed refugees, and what should Australia's role be?
The fight to save Syrian antiquities
With hostilities continuing to rage in Syria, the fight is also on to save the country's precious cultural heritage
Strong values and resilience will beat terrorism
The Paris attacks show only a combined effort across all levels – and our democratic values – can defeat the uncertainties and risks global terrorism brings.
Don’t rush in, think about the bigger picture
A robust military response to the Paris attacks must be rejected for a broader solution to the refugee crisis across the Middle East.
How Putin’s bombers are raising the stakes
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dramatically raised the stakes across the Middle East by launching his jets on rebel and Islamic State targets in Syria
The refugee boats keep coming, but we’re making a difference
Shaan Ali was moved by a harrowing image of a Syrian mother and child to leave his European holiday to help on the frontline of the refugee crisis in Greece.