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Welcome to Policypointers

Policypointers is an online facility created to enable those involved in government, academe and the media to gain rapid access to the research and conclusions of think tanks, research institutes and government departments around the world.

We believe that policymakers and those who influence the policymaking function can frequently learn from the research done and the results achieved in countries other than their own. This belief is the rationale for creating this website.

Latest additions to the site

Learning from Megadisasters : Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake

World Bank

Aimed at sharing Japanese cutting-edge knowledge with practitioners and decision makers, this 391-page book provides valuable guidance to other disaster-prone countries for mainstreaming disaster risk management in their development policies and weathering their own natural disasters

Public Safety & Disaster MitigationPosted: 2014-07-10

Indigenous Child Safety


A 42-page Australian report showing that indigenous children are over represented in areas where child safety and security are compromised

Indigenous Affairs, Families, Children & YouthPosted: 2014-07-10

Turkey Drifting in the Middle East Winds of Change


An Israeli article examining the major potential dangers of the current turmoil in the Middle East to Turkey’s security, economy, and trade relations, as well as to its regional influence

Foreign Policy, RegionalPosted: 2014-07-03

War Risks in Asia - Deciphering 1914


This 4-page Swiss policy paper attempts to dissect the historical analogy and to ask what causes for war in 1914 - if any - are most relevant for East Asia in 2014, and what could this tell us about the challenge of preserving peace in this crucial region?

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-07-03

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Failures


This paper contends that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood ultimately fell from power because of its own political, ideological, and organizational failures

Governance & Politics, RegionalPosted: 2014-07-03

Choosing Security and Freedom in Egypt


An article arguing that the expanding clampdown on fundamental rights in Egypt overlooks the fact that security and stability cannot be attained in the absence of inclusive policies

Governance & Politics, Defence, Terrorism & SecurityPosted: 2014-07-03

Australia's health 2014


This biennial Australian health report combines analytical feature articles on highly topical health issues with short statistical snapshots

HealthPosted: 2014-06-25

Running Out of Time

Crisis Group

This 39-page report articulates the path forward for a Ukrainian government of national unity and for Russia and the Western powers to back a vision for the country that brings together East and West

Governance & Politics, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-25

Protecting China's Overseas Interests: The Slow Shift away from Non-interference


This paper considers the possibility of a dramatic change in China's foreign policy

Foreign Policy, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-24

Will ISIS' Advance in Iraq Shift Dynamics of the Syrian War?


A US article explaining how the swift and destructive advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) into Iraq could affect the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria, as ISIS’ seizure of Iraqi military equipment and financial resources is likely to give the group a comparative advantage over other rebels in Syria

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-23

Are Security and Energy Concerns Moving Turkey and Israel Toward Reconciliation?


This US article explains that a possible reconciliation agreement between these former allies has fueled speculation of a normalization of relations between the two countries

Regional, Foreign PolicyPosted: 2014-06-23

ISIS: A Risk Assessment


An Israeli perspective on the threat posed to her security from the events in Iraq

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-23

The Impact of Parents Migration on the Well-being of Children Left Behind


This 26-page discussion paper examines the causal effects of parents' migration on their children left home in Romania, a country where increasingly more children are left behind in recent years

Immigration & Refugees, Families, Children & YouthPosted: 2014-06-19

More Than ISIS, Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency


This US article argues that Maliki’s alienation of Sunni actors is at the heart of ISIS’s success in Iraq

Governance & Politics, Defence, Terrorism & SecurityPosted: 2014-06-19

The Rise of ISIS, a Golden Opportunity for Iraq’s Kurds


This article describes how, as Iraq’s central government struggles against ISIS, the Kurds quietly take another step towards independence

Governance & Politics, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-19

Women, Working Families, and Unions,


This 27-page US paper explores the role unions play in addressing the challenges facing working women and families in balancing their work and family responsibilities

Employment, Industrial Relations & Training , Families, Children & YouthPosted: 2014-06-19

The Iraq Crisis and US Post-war Strategy

Reset Defense Bulletin

A US article arguing that the United States will be obliged to make substantial adjustments to strategy, force posture, and budgeting for security

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Foreign PolicyPosted: 2014-06-19

Understanding the Relationship between Crime Victimisation and Mental Health

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

An Australian report concluding that being a victim of crime has a damaging effect on mental health

Crime, Law & Order, HealthPosted: 2014-06-18

Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme

Department of Social Services

This 57-page discussion paper briefly discusses the current system of home support programmes for frail, older people in Australia, the challenges the system faces, and the need for reform

Health, AgeingPosted: 2014-06-18

After Ukraine – NATO should Stay Vigilant on the Middle East


This Danish policy brief argues that in the aftermath of the crisis in Ukraine and leading into the Wales Summit, it is imperative that NATO does not neglect the many security challenges emerging from the Middle East

Defence, Terrorism & Security, European UnionPosted: 2014-06-18

The Elders’ Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm and Youth Suicide

People Culture Environment

Almost non-existent 30 years ago, the rate of youth suicide and self-harm in Indigenous communities across Australia is now the highest in the world. This 35-page report argues for a different approach to the issue: one that reconnects young Indigenous people to their culture

Indigenous Affairs, HealthPosted: 2014-06-18

Dementia Care in the Acute Hospital Setting: Issues and Strategies

Alzheimer's Australia

This 24-page Australian report identifies a range of strategies to improve the outcomes for people with dementia

Health, AgeingPosted: 2014-06-18

Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime

McAfee Center for Strategic and International Studies

A 24-page report estimating the global cost of cybercrime

Crime, Law & Order, Science & TechnologyPosted: 2014-06-18

The Silver Lining: Cloud Computing and Small and Medium Enterprises

Grattan Institute

This Australian paper shows how businesses can get the most out of one of the biggest global innovations: information communications technology

Science & TechnologyPosted: 2014-06-18

The Iraq Crisis: A note on ISIL Advances and Potential Military Intervention


This UK update provides insight into the current crisis in Iraq and assesses the impact of potential western military intervention

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-17

Iraq Military Situation Report: Likely Scenarios and Combatant Profiles


This overview of the military situation in Iraq examines likely scenarios and what to watch for as Sunni militants attempt advances

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-17

Syria’s Very Local Regional Conflict


This US article argues that the highly localized nature of the Syrian conflict means that its evolution and eventual resolution will elude the control of outsiders

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-17

What the Takeover of Mosul Means for ISIS


This US article argues that the seizure of the Iraqi city of Mosul is a moral and tactical victory for the militant group ISIS—and a wake-up call for Western and Arab countries

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-06-17

The Measurement of Patient Experience in non-GP Primary Health Care Settings


An Australian working paper documenting existing approaches for measuring patient experience within non-GP primary health care settings

HealthPosted: 2014-06-17

Indonesia On the Knife's Edge

Inside Story

An Australian essay considering the implications of the possibility that Prabowo Subianto could become Indonesian president

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-06-17

Europe is Still Standing


A 3-page commentary on the European parliamentary elections arguing that it is not quite accurate (or fair) to characterise the result as a rejection of Europe

European Union, Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-06-10

Non-Western Roots of International Democracy Support


This 12-page study examines how rising democracies’ own processes of transition influence their efforts to promote democracy in other countries

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-06-06

A U.S. Strategy Toward Egypt Under Sisi


This US article argues that Washington should focus its diplomatic efforts on supporting the Egyptian people, while limiting relations with Sisi and his government to essential security interests

Foreign PolicyPosted: 2014-06-06

Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security


A 38-page US study of the impact of corruption on international security

Corruption, Defence, Terrorism & SecurityPosted: 2014-06-06

A Cosmetic End to Madagascar’s Crisis?

Crisis Group

This 36-page report outlines the immediate and long-term changes necessary to underwrite a much-needed revival, with an emphasis on building institutional capacity and credibility, political reconciliation and fending off military interference

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-05-20

Ukraine: Running out of Time

Crisis Group

This 39-page study analyses instability in Ukraine on the eve of the 25 May presidential election and offers recommendations to rebuild and reform the country and reverse the geopolitical standoff it has provoked

Governance & Politics, RegionalPosted: 2014-05-15

Studies and Bulletins Dealing with the Growing Strength of Al-Qaeda and the Global Jihad in Syria

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

Israeli studies and bulletins dealing with the growing strength and the resulting regional and international threats (September 2013 – May 2014)

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-05-15

The Palestinian Reconciliation Agreement: Tactical Relief or Strategic Opportunity?


An Israeli assessment of the implications of the reconciliation agreement reached recently by Fatah and Hamas

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-05-14

Small States at the United Nations


This 24-page report explores the strengths and challenges of small-state diplomacy at the UN

Governance & Politics, Foreign PolicyPosted: 2014-05-14

Afghanistan’s Insurgency after the Transition

Crisis Group

This 63-page report examines the security challenges in light of the international troop withdrawal, analysing in detail the situation in four provinces

Defence, Terrorism & SecurityPosted: 2014-05-13

Six Mistakes the West Has Made (and Continues to Make) in Ukraine

National Interest

This US article explains that “six widely held assumptions have played an inordinate role in shaping Western discourse about Ukraine.” It argues these misconceptions “will need to be corrected before any real progress can be made

Foreign Policy, RegionalPosted: 2014-05-13

Could the Ukraine Crisis Spark a World War?

National Interest

This US article assesses the simmering crisis over Ukraine, observing that history shows events can escalate faster and higher than anticipated

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-05-13

The Phenomenon of Foreign Fighters from the Arab World in the Syrian Civil War

This 5-page Israeli study examines the phenomenon of foreign fighters from the Arab world in the ranks of the rebels in Syria

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-05-13

The United States, Israel, and the Possibility of Formulating an Outline for a Final Agreement with Iran


An Israeli commentary on the progress towards a final agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Foreign PolicyPosted: 2014-04-30

Are We Making Progress? New Evidence on Aboriginal Education Outcomes in Provincial and Reserve Schools

C.D. Howe Institute

A 24-page Canadian report calling for urgent action by the federal government to address the persistently low high-school completion rates among young First Nation adults living on-reserve

Indigenous Affairs, EducationPosted: 2014-04-30

Incidence of Insulin-treated Diabetes in Australia 2000-2011


This report presents the latest available national data on new cases of insulin-treated diabetes

HealthPosted: 2014-04-29

What Matters, and What Doesn’t, About Palestinian Unity


In the coming weeks, U.S. diplomacy should focus on shaping the terms of reconciliation to make it a net plus for the two-state solution.

Disarmament & Peacekeeping, RegionalPosted: 2014-04-28

Restarting Ukraine’s Economy


This 2-page commentary argues that Ukraine can still offer an attractive future for all of its citizens if unavoidable economic reforms can be made compatible with regional cohesion

Economic Policy, European UnionPosted: 2014-04-11

The ‘Personalisation’ of the European Elections: A Half-hearted Attempt to Increase Turnout and Democratic Legitimacy?


A 14-page assessment of the new European Parliament initiative that allows the main political groups to put forward candidates for the next President of the European Commission

Governance & Politics, European UnionPosted: 2014-04-11

Oy Vey (İ)z-mir: The Turkish Elections and Erdoğan’s Options

Dayan Center

A 7-page Israeli essay assessing possible results of Turkey's municipal elections

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-04-10

Al-Qaeda’s Odyssey to the Global Jihad


This 108-page Israeli study explains how one terrorist organization, al-Qaeda,which at the height of its activity numbered a few hundred operatives, established a worldwide, highly influential phenomenon called the “global jihad movement” and succeeded, more than any other terrorist organization in modern history, in harming, harassing, and exhausting a hegemonic superpower and its allies and entangling them in bloody and costly military campaigns around the world

Defence, Terrorism & SecurityPosted: 2014-04-10

Is the Incidence of Dementia Declining?

Alzheimer's Australia

A 20-page Australian report arguing that action on preventative health could lower the risk of dementia for future generations

Ageing, HealthPosted: 2014-04-09

Evidence on the Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Treating Health Conditions


This 24-page Australian report summarises an assessment of homeopathy undertaken by the National Health and Medical Research Council, including an overview of published systematic reviews, evaluation of information provided by interest groups and the public, and consideration of clinical practice guidelines and government reports on homeopathy published in other countries

HealthPosted: 2014-04-09

SeeCare IPTV: Broadband Technology for Improved Health Literacy

IBES University of Melbourne

This 23-page Australian report examines the outcomes of a health literacy proof-of-concept trial, which looked at the potential for improving health literacy standards in the community via the integration of two existing broadband technologies.

Health, EducationPosted: 2014-04-09

Enhancing Affordable Rental Housing Investment via an Intermediary and Guarantee


This 125-page Australian report offers a feasible proposal for an institutional investment mechanism for affordable rental housing, to be underpinned by government

HousingPosted: 2014-04-09

The Free Syrian Armies: Institutional Split


This article profiles the different factions and institutions involved in the dispute playing out in Syria’s nebulous network of Western- and Gulf-backed rebel groups

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-04-08

From Arab Spring to Presidential Spring


This article argues that the “Presidential Spring” now underway in the Arab world reveals the enduring power of entrenched elite players |

Regional, Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-04-08

A Former U.S. Negotiator Maps the Iran End Game


This US article details the components of a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran that fulfills the security requirements of the U.S. and its allies

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Disarmament & PeacekeepingPosted: 2014-04-08

European Jobs and Skills: A Comprehensive Review, 2014


This 149-page review of European jobs and skills takes an in-depth look at trends in employment and unemployment in countries and regions across Europe, tackling the critical issues of underemployment, structural unemployment, productivity and wages, changes in the nature of work, skills supply, labour market gaps and youth unemployment

Employment, Industrial Relations & Training , European UnionPosted: 2014-04-08

The Minimum Wage: Silver Bullet or Poisoned Chalice?


A 27-page UK study examining the effects of the National Minimum Wage

Employment, Industrial Relations & Training , Economic PolicyPosted: 2014-04-08

Is the White House Pulling the Plug on Kerry’s Peace Mission?


A US blog post exploring the intersection of U.S. foreign policy and Middle East developments

Foreign Policy, RegionalPosted: 2014-04-07

The Global Economy in 2030: Trends and Strategies for Europe


A 200-page study focusing on a set of critical factors that will shape future economic growth at the global level and offering an assessment of the possible implications of such trends for the global economy and the policy challenges they raise for Europe

Economic Policy, Globalisation & International TradePosted: 2014-04-07

Arms Control and National Security: New Horizons


Six Israeli articles probing selected current and emerging proliferation-related challenges, both regional and global, and proposing directions for dealing with them. 128 pages

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Disarmament & PeacekeepingPosted: 2014-04-07

OpenDRI Field Guide

World Bank

This 134-page field guide provides practical guidance for addressing disaster risk and resilience using open data. The OpenDRI Field Guide showcases successful projects and provides a practical guide for governments and other organizations to shape their own open data programmes

Public Safety & Disaster MitigationPosted: 2014-04-04

Algeria’s Role in African Security


A US article examining Algeria's place in the structures of African security cooperation

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-04-04

What Will a Sisi Presidency Bring for Egypt?


Four contributors offer their views on the outlook for Egypt under Sisi’s leadership

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-04-04

Victory at Home, Estrangement Abroad


A US commentary on the implications of Turkey's municipal elections

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-04-04

What Are the Global Implications of the Ukraine Crisis?


Q&A's assessing Ukraine’s instability and how the conflict’s fallout will impact global security challenges. They consider how the crisis will influence Putin’s next moves, European security, U.S. strategy, efforts to calm the Syrian war, negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and China’s foreign policy

Foreign Policy, Defence, Terrorism & SecurityPosted: 2014-04-04

Does the Afghan Presidential Election Matter?


This US article concludes that the upcoming election in Afghanistan marks neither the end of a long post-Taliban transition nor a crucial turning point for the troubled country

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-04-04

Libya After Qaddafi: Lessons and Implications for the Future

Rand Corporation

This 119-page US report examines how the international community's limited approach to post-conflict stabilization of Libya has left the nation struggling and on the brink of civil war

AgeingPosted: 2014-04-03

Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency

Crisis Group

This 62-page report examines the emergence, rise and evolution of a movement whose four-year insurgency has killed thousands, displaced close to a million, destroyed public infrastructure and weakened the country’s already poor economy, particularly in the North East

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-04-03

Russia Will Pay Dearly for Putin's Anschluss

Moscow Times

A US op-ed evaluating the cost to be incurred by Russia in consequence of its invasion of Crimea

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Economic PolicyPosted: 2014-04-03

Resuscitating US-Saudi Relations


An Israeli commentary on the state of US-Saudi relations

Foreign Policy, RegionalPosted: 2014-04-03

Developments in Iranian Cyber Warfare, 2013-2014


An Israeli commentary on the implications of the rapid development of Iran’s cyber warfare capability for Israel and other Western countries

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Science & TechnologyPosted: 2014-04-03

Central Africa: The Security Challenges of Pastoralism in Central Africa

Crisis Group

The executive summary and recommendations of a French-language report analysing an under-reported human security problem: violent conflicts related to the expansion of pastoralism southward from the Sahel

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-04-01

Does the Afghan Presidential Election Matter?


This US article considers the significance of Afghanistan’s third presidential election

Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-04-01

Russia’s Olympic Shame: Corruption, Human Rights and Security at ‘Sochi 2014’

The Henry Jackson Society

A UK report examining issues of corruption, human rights and security at the Sochi Winter Olympics

Governance & Politics, Human RightsPosted: 2014-04-01

Ukraine Crisis: Why Turmoil in Kiev May Start a Nuclear Chain Reaction

International Business Times

This US article argues that the Ukrainian precedent will actually give a boost to countries that are thinking of going nuclear because they will come to the conclusion that possessing such weapons is the key to their international status

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Foreign PolicyPosted: 2014-04-01

For Adults Only? Underage Access to Online Porn


This 24-page UK research highlights the scale of underage access to adult websites

Families, Children & Youth, Science & TechnologyPosted: 2014-03-31

Are We Sleepwalking Towards War?


An interview with the author of "How Europe Went to War in 1914"

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Foreign PolicyPosted: 2014-03-31

Why Aging and Working Makes us Happy in 4 Charts


This US paper paper illustrates that flexible employment arrangements are linked to higher happiness levels

Ageing, Employment, Industrial Relations & Training Posted: 2014-03-31

Beyond the Nuclear Security Summit: What Remains on the U.S. Agenda


This US blog explores how new threats and rising powers are altering world politics and how multilateral institutions can adapt

Defence, Terrorism & Security, Foreign PolicyPosted: 2014-03-31

Making Time for Great Teaching

Grattan Institute

This 41-page Australian report examines the timetables and budgets of six diverse schools across the country to identify ways they can change their practices in order to free up time for teacher development

EducationPosted: 2014-03-28

Preserving Peace as China Rises

Centre for Independent Studies

With inventive foreign policy needed to reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese ambitions, this 20-page Australian report proposes three complementary strategies

Defence, Terrorism & Security, RegionalPosted: 2014-03-28

Shared Measurement: Easier Than You Think

SVA Consulting

Using the example of South Australia’s homelessness sector, this 6-page article argues that developing a shared measurement framework for social ventures can lead to better outcomes for clients

Social PolicyPosted: 2014-03-28

Society at a Glance 2014: OECD Social Indicators


This report finds that income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments across the OECD act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society

Social Policy, Poverty & HungerPosted: 2014-03-28

Temporary Migrants as Vulnerable Workers: A Literature Review

New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

This report reviews the available international and New Zealand research on temporary migrants’ vulnerability and exploitation in the workplace, highlighting research gaps and whether there are effective interventions

AgeingPosted: 2014-03-28

Essential and Underappreciated: The Contribution of Law Enforcement to National Security


This 8-page Australian report identifies law enforcement agencies as critical actors in national efforts to promote security

Defence, Terrorism & SecurityPosted: 2014-03-27

Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Urbanization

World Bank, Development Research Center of the State Council, the People’s Republic of China

This new 96-page report recommends that China tackle environmental degradation and other strains of rapid urbanization by systematically changing how it allocates land, people and capital across the nation.

Urban Issues, Climate Change & EnvironmentPosted: 2014-03-27

Verification in Iran: No Substitute for Prevention


An Israeli article arguing that relying on successful verification is a dangerous proposition, and raises the concern that the P5+1 may be willing to entertain a deal that does not dismantle all the key components of the program that support Iran’s military ambitions

Defence, Terrorism & SecurityPosted: 2014-03-26

Blurring the Borders of Conflict: ISIS between Syria and Iraq

Dayan Center

This 6-page article considers the interplay between Syria, ISIS and Iraq

AgeingPosted: 2014-03-26

Does Health Aid Reach the Poor?


This US blog considers whether health aid predominantly reaches the poor

Health, Poverty & HungerPosted: 2014-03-25

Does Development Reduce Migration?


A working paper examining the theory that rising incomes in developing countries will deter emigration from those countries

Immigration & Refugees, International DevelopmentPosted: 2014-03-25

Why "Iran Style" Sanctions Worked Against Tehran (And Why They Might Not Succeed with Moscow)


This US article asks whether further economic sanctions can influence the rogue nation

Foreign Policy, RegionalPosted: 2014-03-25

Why is Turkey's Economy Sliding Again?

Dayan Center

This 6-page Israeli article examines whether Turkey's economy is sliding into crisis

Economic PolicyPosted: 2014-03-25

Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?

Wilson Center

This US essay explains the reasons behind Russia's surprising decision to transfer control of Crimea to Soviet Ukraine

Governance & Politics, RegionalPosted: 2014-03-25

Acknowledging Complexity in the Impacts of Sexual Victimisation Trauma


This 23-page Australian paper aims to provide an overview of complex trauma as a concept for classifying a varying range of symptomatology that is also a pervasive driver of need for many users of human services

Health, Crime, Law & OrderPosted: 2014-03-25

Abenomics Working Now, Future Effects Likely Positive but Modest


This 61-page US paper assesses the effectiveness of "Abenomics" on Japan's economy

Economic Policy, Governance & PoliticsPosted: 2014-03-24