Transnational organised crime monthly briefing, June 2015: Australian Crime Commission highlights links between terrorism and organised crime

Author: Dr Mary Young Source: Intelligence unit  Published: 11 June 2015  Filed: 11 June 2015   The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) released the Organised Crime in Australia 2015 report in May. The biennial report published by the Commission is a detailed and comprehensive review of serious organised crime in Australia. Importantly, the report identifies the…

Melbourne anti-terrorism raids: Heavily armed police search property at Greenvale

Updated 8 May 2015, 18:50 AESTOfficers from Victoria and the Australian Federal Police conduct anti-terrorism raids in Melbourne’s northern suburbs as part of an ongoing investigation. The bomb squad were called in to search the property at Greenvale during anti-terrorism raids. (Credit: AAP) Officers from Victoria and the Australian Federal Police are conducting anti-terrorism raids…

The Asia-Pacific’s Rising Terrorist Threat

The foiled terrorist strikes this year are an ugly omen of more to come. By Luke Hunt May 08, 2015   This year was promising to be a particularly brutal one. Islamic militants have increasingly taken their terror campaigns to the streets of major Western cities – Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Charlie Hebdo in Paris,…

The Maritime Silk Road and the PLA: Part One

Publication: China Brief Volume: 15 Issue: 6 March 19, 2015 05:33 PM Age: 10 days   By: Morgan Clemens   Files :China_Brief_Vol_15_Issue_6_3_01.pdf Liu Cigui, director of the State Oceanic Administration, who wrote an article on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.   The past decade has seen a considerable amount of speculation concerning China’s military intentions…

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: March 29

By Alexis Knutsen  March 29, 2015 Click image to enlarge. Saudi Arabian-led Operation Decisive Storm continues to destroy al Houthi military targets with airstrikes. Saudi Arabia is also attempting to coordinate with military forces on the ground loyal to Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to combat the al Houthis.  The al Houthis have advanced into Abyan…

Boko Haram and al-Shabaab: Comparable threats to African security

View image | gettyimages.com Written by Conway Waddington (1) Tuesday, 03 February 2015 16:47 Boko Haram and al-Shabaab are militant Islamist sects that are predominantly operational in Nigeria and Somalia, and are both engaged in protracted insurgencies and terror campaigns. Their origins, strategic goals, methodologies and recent track records are comparable to varying degrees. These…

The Ukraine Invasion: One Year Later

March/April 2015 David J. Kramer Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine posed the most serious challenge to European security in decades. In one stroke, he thumbed his nose at the Helsinki Accords of 1975, the Paris Charter of 1990, the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, and other agreements and commitments that had kept the peace…