September 2017

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07
Sep
2017

Mr Mothercountry: Colonialism and the rule of law

Professor Keally McBride, University of San Francisco
PRESENTED BY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE One of the most interesting areas of scholarship in recent years has been the relationship between colonialism and the rule of law. Several important books have used the materials of legal history to interrogate the meaning, development, and...

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07
Sep
2017

Islamic Nationalism: The Armed Resistance of Patani Malays in Southern Thailand

Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat
This research investigates the transformations of political ideologies of contemporary liberation movements in southern Thailand.

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11
Sep
2017

The Polythink Syndrome in Group Decision Making

Professor Alex Mintz Institute of Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, Israel
Studies of group decision making have focused on the groupthink syndrome and its pathology and weaknesses. Professor Mintz introduces Polythink, a plurality of opinions and disagreements in a group which is the opposite of Groupthink.

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14
Sep
2017

Global Guardian or Global Failure? Evaluating the UN Security Council: In conversation with Ian Martin, Executive Director of Security Council Report

Ian Martin, Executive Director, United Nations Security Council Report
In this Distinguished Visitor Public Conversation, renowned United Nations peacebuilding practitioner Ian Martin will share his insights on the strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations Security Council and its efforts to maintain international peace and security.

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18
Sep
2017

Why do we support Donald Trump? The perverse consequences of alliance politics

Professor Mark Beeson, University of Western Australia
Donald Trump is possibly the most unpredictable, unprepared, and temperamentally unsuited person ever to be elected president of the US. Even his own political party is aghast at some of his actions. The familiar basis of US regional engagement that has been in place for half a century may be...

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18
Sep
2017

In their time of need: Australia’s overseas emergency relief operations, 1918–2006

Dr Steven Bullard, Senior Historian
This lecture, drawing on the research undertaken for the book, will explore the responses to calls for emergency relief assistance in our region, examine how the changing capacity of the Australian Defence Force has affected its ability to respond, and will highlight the varied experiences of the...

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19
Sep
2017

The Persistence Ethic: Debts and everyday politics in a rural East Javanese village

Colum Graham
In this midterm review seminar, I will present my research that investigates the politics of persistence in a rural village in East Java.

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19
Sep
2017

Constitution reform, debates and contestation in the Solomon Islands

Gordon Leua Nanau
The Solomon Islands Independence Order, 1978 was adopted with limited community input. As such, it may have avoided local intricacies that are now at the forefront of debates around the draft national constitution. Such concerns include the incorporation of local philosophies and governance...

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27
Sep
2017

Australia’s Future Submarines: Getting this Key Capability Right

Professor Hugh White, Dr Michael Keating
Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University & Michael Keating, Former Head of the Australian Public Service talk about Australia’s future submarines and the importance of getting this key capability right.

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