News: State of fear outgrows insurgency label

“Simply put, the Islamic State is, or is on the verge of becoming, what it claims to be: a state.”

Read an extract from QE58: Blood Year by David Kilcullen online at the Sydney Morning Herald.

News: Karen Hitchcock's Quarterly Essay

Stephen Romei writes in the Australian that Dear Life by Karen Hitchcock “should be required reading for every Australian.”

News: That Sinking Feeling wins Walkley Award

Quarterly Essay congratulates Paul Toohey on winning the best long feature-writing prize at the Walkley Awards. His essay That Sinking Feeling: Asylum Seekers and the Search for the Indonesian Solution is a powerful and original work of reportage that reveals the lives of asylum seekers and the politics of Australia's response to them.

News: 2014 John Button Prize longlist

Quarterly Essay 50 Unfinished Business by Anna Goldsworthy and Quarterly Essay 53 That Sinking Feeling by Paul Toohey have been been longlisted for the 2014 John Button Prize.

News: 2013 John Button Prize longlist

Quarterly Essay 46 Great Expectations by Laura Tingle, Quarterly Essay 47 Political Animal by David Marr, Quarterly Essay 48 After the Future by Tim Flannery and Quarterly Essay 49 Not Dead Yet by Mark Latham have all been longlisted for the 2013 John Button Prize.

News: Political Animal shortlisted for 2013 John Button Prize

Quarterly Essay 47 Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott by David Marr has been shortlisted for the 2013 John Button Prize.


Event: David Kilcullen at the Wheeler Centre

David Kilcullen and Robert Manne in coversation about Quarterly Essay 58, Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State.

This event has sold out.


Date: Wednesday 20th May
Time: 8:00pm–9:00pm
Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000.
Tickets: Free event. Please book online.

Event: David Kilcullen at the Brisbane Powerhouse

A fascinating evening with David Kilcullen, government strategist and counterinsurgency expert and key architect of the US government’s Iraq troop surge.

In this powerful and dynamic discussion David will call on his twenty-five years’ experience, as a student, researcher and occasional practitioner of guerrilla warfare and counterterrorism, in an effort to help us understand the horror, threat and chaos caused by ISIS in 2014.

As one of the key architects of the Iraq troop surge and with years of experience advising the US government and military, Kilcullen’s latest article written for the Quarterly Essay, Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State is a unique and authoritative perspective on the risk, the region and the way forward.


Date: Thursday May 21st
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Powerhouse Theatre, 119 Lamington St, New Farm, QLD 4005.
Tickets: $35 / $30. Please book online.


Event: David Kilcullen at the Sydney Writers' Festival

Know Your Enemy

Last year was a ‘red year’, with massacres, beheadings, fallen cities and a decade of foreign policy and military strategy in tatters. In a world where foreign fighters are flowing into Syria at an alarming rate, David Kilcullen asks: what happened? Author of the forthcoming Quarterly Essay, Blood Year: Terror and the Islamic State, David calls on his 25 years’ experience as a counterinsurgency expert to unpack the real roots of the global jihadi movement and advise how we can combat it. He speaks to James Brown, former Australian Army officer and Director of the Alliance 21 project at the University of Sydney.


Date: Friday 22 May
Time: 3:00pm –4:00pm
Venue: Pier 2/3 Main Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
Tickets: $20 / $14. Please book online.