• Global Access Partners

    New BESS edition released

    Peter Fritz |  November 28, 2023

    The October 2023 double issue of BESS® explores the self-governing practices found in Indigenous societies, the growing ‘trust divide’ between our elected politicians and the electorate, the practical applications of positive deviance and the Second Track, and the new forms of political, economic and decision-making frameworks required to tackle global challenges.

  • Environment

    Why biodiversity matters

    Open Forum |  November 28, 2023

    A year on from the COP15 summit of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a new book by UQ ecologist Nigel Dudley builds a case for “Why Biodiversity Matters” and why we should care if species go extinct.

  • Cybersecurity

    Australia’s new cybersecurity strategy

    Mike Bareja |  November 28, 2023

    The cybersecurity strategy released last week by the Albanese government recognises that Australia’s government, industry and citizens must work together to reduce the threats posed by criminal gangs and hostile state actors.

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  • Counting the costs of climate change

    Open Forum     |      November 12, 2023

    Progress on climate adaptation is slowing on all fronts when it should be accelerating to catch up with rising climate change impacts and risks, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme report.

  • Balancing the risks and rewards of AI

    Albert Zhang     |      November 11, 2023

    The tricky balance between innovation and safety in the realm of artificial intelligence means policymakers, intelligence agencies, industry, civil society and researchers must work together to shape the future.

  • The Pacific looms large in climate policy

    Sarina Theys     |      November 11, 2023

    Although Pacific island countries barely contribute to global warming, they stand at the frontline

  • Georgia’s lessons for Ukraine

    Beqa Bochorishvili     |      November 11, 2023

    When contemplating various scenarios for how the conflict with Russia might end, Ukraine’s leaders can take clear lessons from Moscow’s brutal military campaign against another one-time Soviet state, Georgia.

  • Hunting down Hamas

    Charles Knight     |      November 10, 2023

    Israel’s armed forces are tightening the noose around Hamas in Gaza, but urban warfare is always slow and bloody, and clearing the terrorists’ tunnels will be a difficult job.

  • From Earth to the Moon

    Ayoush Lazikani     |      November 10, 2023

    In the distant wake of America’s moon landings over 50 years ago, India, Japan and other nations are now investing in missions to the Moon, but imagining travel to the Moon has been part of many cultures.

  • Weapons proliferation in the age of AI

    David Heslop     |      November 10, 2023

    Hostile states, terrorist groups and aggrieved individuals now have access to technologies and informational aids that used to be the stuff of science fiction, and policy makers must confront advanced weapons proliferation in the new age of AI.

  • Caring for the carers

    Anneliese Spiteri-Staines     |      November 9, 2023

    National Carers Week is a time we acknowledge the important but often unobserved, unpaid work of care done by 2.65 million Australians who provide support to family members or friends.

  • The end of antibiotics

    Allen Cheng     |      November 9, 2023

    Antibiotics have saved countless lives over the last hundred years, but a lack of development and their overuse in both human medicine and agriculture means their effectiveness is waning fast.

  • The little boy is here to stay till April

    Open Forum     |      November 9, 2023

    The WMO says El Niño – the climate pattern currently driving warm, dry conditions across much of Australia – is likely to peak as a strong event from November to January and continue through the Australian summer to at least April 2024.

  • No middle way in the Middle East

    Alex Bristow     |      November 8, 2023

    The current horrors in the Middle East were precipitated by a terrorist attack whose vicious cruelty explains why Israel fights so hard to survive – if it ever lost a war, the Israelis would lose everything, including their lives.

  • Loss and damage

    Isabella Massa     |      November 8, 2023

    The PIF Leaders’ Meeting is an important chance to jolt the world into action on a climate Loss and Damage Fund after decades of fighting for justice.