Writing

News:

Contributor to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), providing analysis and commentary on political violence in the Islamic World. My ABC writer’s profile can be found here. I have also appeared on ABC News Radio and 2SER.

Elsewhere, I have written on war crimes-related topics for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Magazine & Longform:

My long-form writing on travel, climbing and the outdoors has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and appeared in AlpinistMountain LifeOutpost and Griffith Review.

Elliott, C. Spring 2016. “Fire in the Cascades”. Alpinist 53.

Elliott, C. Spring 2017. “From Rock Upon Rock, A Mountain”. Alpinist 58.

Elliott, C. Winter 2017. “Totality from a Mountaintop”. Alpinist 60.

Elliott, C. Winter/Spring 2017. “Down & Out in Squamish and Whistler”. Mountain Life.

Elliott, C. Winter/Spring 2018. “Searching for Xwechtaal”. Mountain Life.

Elliott, C. June 2017. “Off the Rails in Mauritania”. Outpost Issue 117.

Elliott, C. June 2018. “Return to Country: Training Warriors in the Far North”. Griffith Review 60.

Academic:

My writing on military, security and anthropology-related topics has featured in Small Wars Journal, the gazette-of-note for the larger defence community in the West.

Elliott, C. 2013. Understanding the Dialectic of Nomad and State. Small Wars Journal.

Elliott, C. 2013. On Targuité, Nomadism and the Nation: The Origins of Tuareg Militant Nationalism in North Africa. Small Wars Journal

Elliott, C. 2017. The Korea Crisis: When Human Politics Apes that of Chimps. Small Wars Journal.

Fiction:

Mujahideen (novel – publisher/publication date, tbc) – manuscript complete, possible vacancy for different agent, contact for consideration.


4 thoughts on “Writing

  1. Thanks for your articles.. regarding your work of fiction called Mujahid about the Syrian conflict and the connection with modern Lawrences of Arabia you may well be aware of of this article written by TE Lawrence in 1915. He’d be about 20 – obviously his perspective is from a white man from the British empire but nonetheless his observations are interesting in providing some context of what is happening now in Syria? see link Anyway just thought I’d pass it along. all best with your writing Neil http://www.telstudies.org/writings/works/articles_essays/1915_syria_the_raw_material.shtml

  2. Dear Mr Elliott.

    I recently read your “Opinion” article for the ABC – “Death symbol ban is the difference between an Army and a death cult”.

    I was surprised to discover that the Chief of Army needed to issue such a directive. I served in both the Australian Army Reserve, and nine years in the RAN, and I noticed these “nut-jobs” were weeded out either by the “psyche testing” before recruitment, or during Recruit Training.

    We always sneered at the Yanks, because they appeared not to have a filter for “sicko’s” – hence their inability to win “Hearts and Minds” (and their proclivity to commit “atrocities”).

    A Professional Army represents “The Rule of Law” – upon which a civil population should be able to Trust, to protect them from the likes of “lawless vigilantes”. The Army must be “scraping the bottom of the barrel” if their filters have failed to eliminate these “crazies” before they could get their hands on a weapon.

    Or, maybe some in the Army have been “radicalised” by such as the Right Honourable Senator Pauline Hansen (AS), and the Right Honourable George Christiansen (MHR). Selfies of civilians wearing military uniforms or totin’ hand-guns, boots and black leather, and/ or death symbols, invariably evoke Freudian connotations of penis envy, or similar self-image inadequacies.

    I would urge the Chief of Army to go further than forbid the accoutrements of these pitiful freaks in the Australian Army. Remove the freaks themselves, from a professional service that is supposedly enforcing the Rule of International Law and representing this Nation to the World.

    Furthermore, re-introduce a psychiatric assessment system that will ensure that those upholding (or creating) The Law, and representing (and paid by) the Nation, are (apparently) mentally stable.

    I am not suggesting that any sort of judgement or discrimination should be laid on those who, like to dress in “action man” clothes, photograph themselves in “armed action man” poses, wear “death cult” masks, or engage in sado-masochist indulgences. Providing we don’t hurt or offend (without consent), we should all be free to express our peccadillo’s.

    I am suggesting however, that those engaged in representing Australia to the World, should not just abide by the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, (of which, we are a founding signatory nation), but also be seen to abide by the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. (Just as Cricketers should not just abide by the “Rules of Cricket”, but be seen to abide by the “Spirit of Cricket”).

    Those objecting to the Chief of Army’s directive appear to have forgotten the purpose of the Australian Defence Forces, which primarily should be, to not only enforce international law, but to be seen to do so, with Compassion.

    There is no role for Terror, Vigilantism, or Bullying, in the Military. Those so inclined, would be better employed in an outlaw bikie gang, the ku-klux-clan, or an international terror organisation. They should not be International Representatives of the Australian People.

    I enjoy and appreciate your enlightened and sober writings, and appreciate your input to public debate. Thank you.

    Jon.

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