Occasional Papers


What are We Fighting For? Islamism and the Threat to Liberal Ideas
David Kilcullen
03 May 2015 | OP140

Counterinsurgency expert and military strategist Dr David Kilcullen delivered The Centre for Independent Studies’ 2014 John Bonython Lecture with a crucial and fascinating exploration of recurring Occidentalism, why Western values are anathema to Islamists, and…

The Kingdom of God is Forcefully Advancing and Forceful Men Lay Hold of It
David Coltart
14 September 2011 | OP123

In the CIS’s annual Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom, Senator David Coltart discusses the application of biblical standards to foreign policy in terms of moral values: forsaking violence as means to obtain or maintain…

Empires on the Edge of Chaos: The Nasty Fiscal Arithmetic of Imperial Decline
Niall Ferguson
14 December 2010 | OP118

In the 26th John Bonython lecture, Niall Ferguson, one of the world’s leading geo-economic thinkers and best-selling author of The Ascent of Money and The War of the World, discussed the complexity behind great national…

After the Wall – Reflections on the Legacy of 1989
John Lee, Lee Duffield, Martin Krygier, Oliver Marc Hartwich
08 September 2010 | OP116

The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 brought the Cold War to an end. It also ended a decades-long division of Europe. At an event hosted by The Centre for Independent Studies, four…

Anglo Primacy and the End of History: The Deep Roots of Power
Tom Frame
01 August 2008 | OP109

The 24th Annual John Bonython Lecture Whether the United States should lead the world is much debated, but American primacy in some form is unavoidable. It has roots deep in history, as did the British…