About Anooshe Aisha Mushtaq

Anooshe Mushtaq is a first generation Australian of Pakistani origin. She spent her early years in Pakistan and in Libya on posting with her family. Since her arrival in Western Sydney, Anooshe has experienced first-hand the changing cultural landscape of Australia. Based on her own experience, Anooshe offers an insight into how multicultural Australia has changed over the last 30 years.

Anooshe is a consultant and social commentator who regularly speaks at national security conferences and publishes on topics such as the prevention of violent extremism from the grassroots perspective, and the analysis of Islamic State’s online propaganda. She is a regular guest speaker at the Australian National University’s National Security College courses on Countering Violent Extremism and Counter Terrorism. Anooshe is a Lead Consultant to members of the Australian Government’s Countering Violent Extremism Services Panel.

She is Founder and Director of the Raqīb Taskforce. The Raqīb Taskforce is a Muslim-led, diverse organisation that builds social inclusion through engagement across the Australian community in a manner designed to dispel extremist messages that exist within the public domain. Raqīb is developing social inclusion narratives countering hate speech and racism. Our supporting partners are Google, YouTube, Love Frankie, Vice productions and Australian Film Television And Radio School. Anooshe believes that division in communities not diversity creates hatred and hatred promotes extremism of all sorts.

Anooshe is an advisor to the Pak Institute for Peace Studies Pvt Ltd in Counter Narrative Strategies and Counter Terrorism. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) and a Research Associate at the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC).

Anooshe is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindko. She can read and write Arabic and Persian.

Anooshe Mushtaq as quoted in the media

ABC quote Children of war Anooshe Mushtaq
ABC Quote Anooshe Mushtaq
abc-news-quote-anooshe-mushtaq-2016-750
islamic-state-damaging-their-own-cause-750

In the Media

March 29, 2016
Anooshe Mushtaq radio interview

Anger at Pakistani Govt for failing to protect minority groups in wake of Lahore bombing – ABC Radio

Anger at Pakistani Govt for failing to protect minority groups in wake of Lahore bombing. Anooshe’s interview with ELEANOR HALL – Anger is mounting against the […]
March 26, 2015
Anooshe Mushtaq Radio Interview

ABC The World Today – Panel Discussion with Eleanor Hall

Social media analysts not convinced $18 million online program to counter extremist groups will work. Listen to discussion here

Publications

December 10, 2016
Australian Security Magazine 3 part series

Australian Security Magazine – Three part series

Using her own experience as a case study, in a three part series, Anooshe Mushtaq explores the experiences of Muslim migrants and offers a perspective on […]
November 3, 2016
ABc Religion and Ethics article by Anooshe Mushtaq

Protected by Cohesion, not Division: My Journey through Extremist Ideology

ABC Religion and Ethics – Protected by Cohesion, not Division: My Journey through Extremist Ideology Read full article here
October 14, 2016
Anooshe Mushtaq article in The Australian

Anti-terror fight needs moderate ‘people like us’

Anooshe Mushtaq article in The Australian – Anti-terror fight needs moderate ‘people like us’ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/terror/anti-terror-fight-needs-moderate-people-like-us/story-fnpdbcmu-1227410144307 Read article here
September 1, 2016
ABC Article Religion & Ethics Anooshe Mushtaq

ABC Religion and Ethics – How Islamic State is Damaging their own Cause

How Islamic State is Damaging their own Cause. Read Full Article here
July 11, 2016
Religion & Ethics article by Anooshe Mushtaq

How Islamic Radicalisation is encouraged by Anti-Immigration Sentiment

ABC Religion and Ethics article by Anooshe Mushtaq – How Islamic Radicalisation is encouraged by Anti-Immigration Sentiment Read article here
May 27, 2016
We must do more in the digital war Anooshe Mushtaq article

Preaching the Destruction 2016 Brussels bombings

“At present, IS’s strategic plan appears to be succeeding. An increasing number of young ‘jihadis’ (those who fight in the name of religion) from Africa and […]
December 14, 2015
Anooshe Mushtaq article in The Australian

Islamic State’s ideology and Australian Government policies

Anooshe Mushtaq article in The Australian – Islamic State’s ideology and Australian Government policies Read article here
November 26, 2015
Anooshe Mushtaq Sydney Morning Herald Article

Islamic State is using Africa to reach Europe

Sydney Morning Herald article by Anooshe Mushtaq – Islamic State is using Africa to reach Europe Watch full interview
November 18, 2015
Anooshe Mushtaq Article Radicalisation

Radicalisation: the tone of Muslim community discussion must change

Anooshe Mushtaq article in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age – Radicalisation: the tone of Muslim community discussion must change Read article here

Speaking Events

March 23, 2017
Counter Terrorism & Violent Extremism Darwin event

Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism – A Personal Insight

Title of Anooshe’s presentation: Keynote Speaker – Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism – A Personal Insight Event: Australian Information Security Association (AISA) 2017 Location: Darwin Organisation […]
March 14, 2017
Why is Islamic state succeeding in on-line recruitment?

Why is Islamic State succeeding in cyberspace and on-line recruitment?

Title of Anooshe’s presentation: Keynote Speaker – Why is Islamic State succeeding in cyberspace and on-line recruitment? Event: Australian Information Security Association (AISA) 2017 Location: Melbourne […]
February 28, 2017
Countering Violent Extremism Canberra

Pathways to Violent Extremism: A Personal Experience

Anooshe regularly presents at the National Security College at ANU as a guest speaker. Title of Anooshe’s presentation: Pathways to Violent Extremism: A Personal Experience Course: […]
October 12, 2016
Countering Terrorism and Building Social Cohesion

Countering Terrorism and Building Social Cohesion

Title of Anooshe’s presentation: Keynote Speaker – Countering Terrorism and Building Social Cohesion Event: Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Industry Briefing 2016 Location: Canberra Organisation Australian Security […]
July 19, 2016
Australian Security Summit Canberra

Australian Security Summit 2016

Contribution: Panellist on Counter Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Event: Australian Security Summit 2016 Location: Canberra Organisation Public Sector Network
June 30, 2016

Australia – A Risk Assessment Conference

Title of Anooshe’s presentation: Building Social Cohesion – Tackling The Risks of Extremism in Australia Event: Australia – A Risk Assessment Conference- 2016 Organisation Australian Security […]
May 15, 2016
Living with Islam in Australia

Living with Islam in Australia

Title of Anooshe’s presentation: Keynote Speaker – Role of Islam in Australia, Multicultural Society – Drivers of Extremist Ideology Event: Living with Islam in Australia – […]
April 19, 2016
Building Social Cohesion and Tackling Extremism

Building Social Cohesion and Tackling Extremism

Title of Anooshe’s presentation: Social Cohesion and Its Current Role in CVE Initiatives Event: Building Social Cohesion and Tackling Extremism 2016 Location: Sydney Organisation Criterion Conferences […]
April 15, 2016
Intercultural Understanding Masterclass

Intercultural Understanding Masterclass

Title of Anooshe’s presentation: Keynote Speaker – Social Cohesion and Inclusion – Violent Extremist Ideology in Schools Event: Intercultural Understanding Masterclass 2016 Location: Sydney Organisation Asia […]