March 2020

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02
Mar
2020

China Governs Borderless Threats: Chinese Counter-Narcotics and Riverine Law Enforcement in Southeast Asia

Associate Professor Shahar Hameiri
China Governs Borderless Threats: Chinese Counter-Narcotics and Riverine Law Enforcement in Southeast Asia China is often seen as clinging resolutely to sovereignty and non-interference. This is typically viewed as a liability in an era where practically every problem appears to be transnational,...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exclusion from Australia, our history books, our flag, anthem and for many years our democracy can never be undone—and the damage it has done cannot be reversed. What can be done, alongside efforts in health, education and employment, are practices of inclusion. The culture, population and environment of Australia have all changed significantly since colonisation and these ceremonies can seem strange or meaningless to some. However, all areas of Australia have or had tr
03
Mar
2020

Decolonising Humanitarian Protection? Survival vs. Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Ms Uchacha Chak; Dr Rupananda Roy; Ms Ena Tripura
Decolonising the ANU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exclusion from Australia, our history books, our flag, anthem and for many years our democracy can never be undone—and the damage it has done cannot be reversed. What can be done, alongside efforts in health, education and employment, are...

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Image: Shanghai Nanking Road in the 1930s
04
Mar
2020

An Imported Ideology? The Neglected Endogenous Origins of Chinese and East Asian Developmentalism

Professor Eric Helleiner
East Asian developmentalism is often depicted as an ideology imported from the West. According to the most common story, the ideas of Friedrich List were imported to Japan after the Meiji Restoration and then exported from there to the rest of East Asia in the 20th century, with China being the...

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04
Mar
2020

The Politics of Media in Myanmar Now - Visitor Lecture by Swe Win

Swe Win
What are the implications for freedom of expression in Myanmar generally, and press freedom in particular, of the military’s continued presence in political, social and economic life, and its sway over the country’s judiciary and law enforcement authorities especially? In this talk Swe Win will...

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10
Mar
2020

Jihad for National Liberation: The Armed Resistance of Patani Malays in Southern Thailand

Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat
This seminar examines how Islam has shaped the struggle of Malay Muslim separatist movements in Thailand’s southernmost region.

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11
Mar
2020

2020 Des Ball Chair Public Lecture — Professor Bruce Jentleson

Professor Bruce W. Jentleson
Will foreign policy be a factor in the 2020 American presidential election? If so, on what issues and along what themes? As a leading scholar of the domestic politics of American foreign policy, as well as having extensive experience as a foreign policy advisor to Democratic presidential candidates...

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12
Mar
2020

The Cunning of Legal Pluralism: On Unity and Multiplicity in Buddhist Law

Ben Schonthal
Drawing on Buddhist legal texts in Sri Lanka’s main vernacular language of Sinhala as well as the Theravāda Buddhist liturgical language in Pāli, I highlight competing theories of legal monism and pluralism operating within traditions of Theravāda Buddhist law.

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13
Mar
2020

Post-war Sri Lanka at the Crossroads

Ahilan Kadirgamar
Over a decade after the end of the war in Sri Lanka, political changes nationally and in the war-torn region have been dramatic. This paper explores the relationship between the processes of economic development, devolution of power and democratisation with respect to the post-war North.

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17
Mar
2020

Moro gender order in war and peace

Teresa Jopson
This seminar examines how gender inequality shapes the forms and effects of violent conflict and internal migration involving Moros in Mindanao, Southern Philippines.

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17
Mar
2020

Australian Foreign Affairs Launch: Can We Trust America? A Superpower in Transition

Professor Brendan Taylor; Ms Felicity Rub; Professor Bruce Jentleson
The United States is entering a new era, in which it is no longer the world’s unrivalled superpower. This is posing unfamiliar challenges for the US at a time when Washington is already paralysed by its partisan divides. Can the US maintain its traditional dominance of Asia? If so, how? And what...

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The People’s Liberation Army taking part in the Vostok 2018 military manoeuvres, Tsugol training range, Trans-Baikal Territory, Russia. Image credit: President of Russia.
18
Mar
2020

How the Geopolitical Partnership Between China and Russia Threatens the West

Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb
America’s renowned geostrategist, Zbigniew Brzezinski, proclaimed in 2016 that the most dangerous scenario facing the US would be a grand coalition of China and Russia, united not by ideology but by complimentary grievances. The thesis proposed by Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb in this ANU public...

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