November 2017

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01
Nov
2017

The Rohingya of Myanmar: Past, Present and Future

Muhammed Aksu, Bluestar Intercultural, ACT and Trevor Wilson, Visiting Fellow, Department of Politic
Since 25 August 2017 international media have been overwhelmed by dramatic, visually graphic footage of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for their lives. This is not the first time a mass exodus of Rohingya into Bangladesh had occurred. Some Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for more than 200 years,...

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02
Nov
2017

Nationalism and Natural Resources in Indonesia: A study of business and politics in the mining, palm oil and hydrocarbon sectors

Eve Warburton
In Indonesia’s dynamic capitalist democracy, I argue, market-cycles matter less than they once did for explaining patterns of economic nationalism. Instead, interventions are contingent upon the preferences and capacity of business interests in each sector and, under specific conditions, the...

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HSS Takis Pappas
02
Nov
2017

Lame Liberal Leaders, Mistrustful Voters, and the Populist Counterrevolution in the Western World

Dr Takis Pappas
In this talk, drawing from many cases of successful populist parties in Europe and the Americas, Pappas makes the argument that populism is a counterrevolution by people who become mistrustful of liberal democracy when they feel betrayed by liberal elites. His account, based on a novel definition...

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06
Nov
2017

The Ethics of the Alternatives to War: From Sanctions to Nonviolence

Professor James Pattison, The University of Manchester
In this seminar, Professor James Pattison will draw on five central moral considerations in political philosophy to highlight the issues that the alternatives raise, and to consider if, and how, we can navigate these issues. In doing so, I will argue that the case for war is weaker and the case for...

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06
Nov
2017

The Decision Point: Command in the 21st century

Professor Anthony King
Command has long been a major concern for military historians and security studies scholars. Focusing on the divisional headquarters and specifically one staff procedure, this presentation analyses the transformation of command in the 21st century. It argues that in contrast to the 20th century,...

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07
Nov
2017

For Whose Benefit? Distributive politics, inequality and informal institutions in Myanmar's transition

Gerard McCarthy
Drawing on a growing literature focused on how informal institutions shape welfare regimes, the seminar will look back at the political economy of the 1990s and 2000s and then explore how these legacies continue to shape distributive politics in civilian-led Myanmar. Four key concepts developed in...

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14
Nov
2017

Women, War and Military Reproduction in Kachinland, Myanmar

Jenny Hedström, doctoral student, Monash University
In this talk, I will present some of the data collected for my PhD, focusing on experiences of militarization among young Kachin women since the commencement of conflict in 2011.

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17
Nov
2017

China, the United Nations, and Human Protection: Ideological Beliefs and International image

Professor Rosemary Foot, University of Oxford
The presentation is based on Professor Foot’s current book project. It examines how a more powerful China satisfies its desire to shape global norms relating to human protection in ways that reflect its ideological beliefs, and that do not undermine its image as a responsible great power.

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20
Nov
2017

2017 Vietnam Update: The Politics of Life

Various international, national and ANU speakers
The 2017 Vietnam Update is dedicated to examining the politics of life in contemporary Vietnam

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21
Nov
2017

Private Standards and Norm Contestation: The Credibility Politics of Palm Oil Sustainability

Professor Helen E.S Nesadurai School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia
Joint SDSC-IR Seminar Palm oil, a major global agricultural commodity, has long been condemned for driving deforestation, carbon emissions and social conflict, especially in its principal producers of Indonesia and Malaysia. Here, economic development priorities and the patronage-based palm oil...

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22
Nov
2017

Global Allies - public lecture and book launch

Launched by: Her Excellency Ms Unni Kløvstad, Norwegian Ambassador to Australia
You are invite to attend a public lecture and book launch on the book Global Allies by Professor Michael Wesley, Dean, College of Asia & the Pacific. The public lecture will start at 5.00pm - 6.00pm in Lecture Theatre 1 Hedley Bull Building. Book Launch 6.00pm - 7.00pm in the Atrium, Hedley...

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27
Nov
2017

Chinese Power and the Idea of a 'Responsible State' in a Changing World Order

Professor Rosemary Foot, University of Oxford
This lecture forms part of the annual Robert O’Neill War Studies Lecture series. Emeritus Professor Robert O’Neill, AO was Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) from 1971 to 1982 and remains an active part of the academic community.

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27
Nov
2017

Unwinnable Wars: Afghanistan and the Limits of Western Military Power

Professor Theo Farrell, The University of Wollongong
This lecture will explore what went wrong in Afghanistan and tease out the lessons for the utility of western military power.

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Variety of Indian spices
29
Nov
2017

Legacies of Partition, South Asia at Seventy: Reflections, Political and Personal

Emeritus Professor Robin Jeffrey, FAHA, FASSA
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have experienced immense improvements and remarkable changes in the seventy years since independence. Average life expectancy in 1947 was barely 40; today it is nearly 70. Literacy has risen and poverty fallen.

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