International law expert Prof Naz Modirzadeh and political scientist Assoc Prof Andrew March explore how the United States and other governments contort and stretch international and domestic laws to accommodate the waging of war on non-state Islamist forces, and how those forces themselves invoke Islamic law to justify their actions. Presented by Lynne Haultain.
Sociologist Professor Riaz Hassan discusses the social and political environment that motivates some people to become suicide bombers. Riaz also explores whether there is a relationship between Islamism and terrorism. Presented by Jacky Angus.
Middle East security expert Dr Norman Cigar explains how al-Qaeda’s strategic goals and military posturing are communicated within the organization through its own publications. He also speaks on the challenges al-Qaeda faces in a fast evolving Middle East. With host Jacky Angus.
Charles W. Dunne, Director of Middle East and North Africa Programs for Freedom House, speaks about the efforts of his organisation and others like it to provide political education and training on the ground in the Middle East. With host Jacky Angus.
Political economist Professor Emma Murphy examines the social conditions that confront young Arabs in the Middle East, and argues that the youth of today will ultimately remake and redefine the region. Presented by Jacky Angus.
Politico-strategy analyst Dr Christopher Snedden examines the decades-long Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan in light of new understanding of the conflict's origins. With host Elisabeth Lopez.
Historian Dr Kate McGregor revisits Indonesia's 30 September Movement, which resulted in the killings and persecution of 100,000s of Indonesians in the mid-1960s. Only in recent times have newly guaranteed freedoms of expression allowed survivors to openly recall their experiences of this defining moment in the country's not-too-distant past. With host Jennifer Cook.
Indonesian law expert Professor Tim Lindsey discusses the apparent decline in religious pluralism in contemporary Indonesia against a backdrop of anything-goes press freedoms and laissez-faire officaldom. Also, liberal Muslim activist Dr M. Syafi’i Anwar recounts his experience at the hands of hardline Islamist groups,and the battle for the minds of ordinary Indonesians. With host Jennifer Cook.