September 2018

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10
Sep
2018

State of the Pacific 2018

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Department of Pacific Affairs’ biennial State of the Pacific (SOTP) conference will take place from 10-12 September 2018 at the Australian National University in Canberra. A Pacific Research Program flagship event, SOTP2018 will again bring together leading academics, policymakers, business leaders...

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11
Sep
2018

Lessons from the Meiliana case: Understanding Interreligious Relations in Contemporary Indonesia

M Adlin Sila
In recent weeks, the Meiliana blasphemy case in North Sumatra has attracted international media coverage and drawn criticism from human rights advocates in Indonesia and abroad. This case shows that practices of communal rights as reflected by the majority sentiment are far more evident than that...

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12
Sep
2018

Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific Islands: Ambiguous Allies?

Dr Joanne Wallis, Dr Anna Powles, Dr Tess Newton Cain
Australia and New Zealand are often assumed to be as close as any two states in the international system; the Australian government describes them as ‘natural allies’ and the New Zealand government says it has ‘no closer ally’. During a March 2018 speech in Sydney, New Zealand Foreign Minister...

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19
Sep
2018

The possibility of pragmatic critique

Nick Cheesman
Presented by Interpretation, Method and Critique (IMC) Network and Research Cluster The word today is that critique is in crisis. Somehow critique has become an obstacle to the types of progressive political and social change with which it once had an affinity. Erstwhile critical scholars now urge...

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24
Sep
2018

The Tokyo Tribunal — 70th Anniversary of the Judgment on Japan’s War Leaders

Professor Robert Cribb, Dr Kirsten Sellars, Professor Neil Boister, Professor John Blaxland
At the post-war Tokyo Tribunal, the Allied powers charged Japanese leaders with waging aggressive war, and committing war crimes against prisoners-ofwar and civilians. This trial, presided over by the Australian judge William Webb, was criticised at the time (and still to this day) for its...

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25
Sep
2018

Controlling Population Movement in Colonial Indonesia

Jacob Wray
This PhD project is an investigation of the mechanisms which controlled population movement in colonial Indonesia, their conceptual and legal bases, the experiences of those whose movements were subject to them, and the legacies they leave behind in contemporary Indonesia.

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27
Sep
2018

Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy

Paul Dibb, Dr Richard Brabin-Smith AO, Brendan Sargeant & Dr Toni Erskine
Australia faces a potentially dangerous strategic outlook, which requires radical changes to the country’s defence policy. For the first time since the Second World War, there is now the prospect of a potential adversary, with whom we do not share values, operating in our neighbourhood and capable...

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