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10
Dec
2019

Environmental change and migration in an agrarian society: The case of coastal Bangladesh

Towheedul Islam

Abstract In recent years, agrarian communities in coastal Bangladesh have experienced frequent and intense climatic hazards. Scholarship on environmental migration argues that villagers often...

In conversation: are we heading towards a strategic crisis  over Taiwan?
05
Dec
2019

In conversation: Are we heading towards a strategic crisis over Taiwan?

Brendan Taylor, Coral Bell School; Linda Jakobson, China Matters; Hugh White, Coral Bell School; Allan Gyngell, Crawford School; Chaired by Nick Bisley, La Trobe University

As the world nervously watches Hong Kong’s unravelling, a far bigger crisis is brewing only a few hundred kilometres away on the island of Taiwan.

The Hong Kong protests have already had a...

Annette teaches english to her students at norsup secondary_school. dfat flickr
03
Dec
2019

Education in the Pacific

Mr lati Bergmans, Mr Timoci Bure, Afamasaga Dr Karoline Fuata’i, Anna Gibert

In this panel senior public servants from the education departments of Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu will discuss some of the key education challenges facing their countries and the Pacific generally,...

Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial: The Consular Commission meeting with Dutch officials in September 1947. Australian peacekeepers Chesterman and Dyke are at the rear, right. (AWM: P03531.003)
02
Dec
2019

Indonesia's war for independence and the birth of UN peacekeeping

Dr Peter Londey, ANU

Seminar podcast.

Seventy years ago this month, on 27 December 1949, Indonesia became an independent state. Australia had played a notable diplomatic role in helping the Indonesians achieve...

29
Nov
2019

Democracy in an Era of Charismatic Politics

Walden Bello

Abstract Using Rodrigo Duterte and Narendra Modi as exemplars, the guest speaker will raise the issue of whether these are transformative figures, to be unraveled by making use of Weber’s...

Philadelphia July 25, 2016. Protesters marched from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center
28
Nov
2019

Democratic responses to populist challenges

Walden Bello, State University of New York; Nicole Curato, University of Canberra; Paul Kenny, ANU; and Annika Werner, ANU

What are the emerging remedies to the pathologies of populism? Four authors of four new books reflect on how opposition parties, activist groups, global institutions and new political alliances...

Dr Kyle Haynes
27
Nov
2019

After insolvency: Retrenchment and reconciliation during great power decline

Dr Kyle Haynes, Visiting Fellow, ANU

In this seminar Dr Kyle Haynes examines how declining great powers balance the demands of competing with peer adversaries while pulling back from costly peripheral commitments. Contrary to the...

Kessy Sawang
26
Nov
2019

Women’s Leadership Initiative Lunch with Kessy Sawang

Kessy Sawang

We are pleased to invite you to a Women’s Leadership Initiative Pacific Networking Lunch with Kessy Sawang. Kessy Sawang a Papua New Guinean advocate for social justice and empowerment of...

21
Nov
2019

China’s New Land Reform in a Precarious Era

Shaohua Zhan

Abstract Six years ago, the Chinese government declared its intention to reform the rural land system and turn villagers’ lands (both farm and nonfarm lands) into marketable assets. Dubbed the “...

19
Nov
2019

Linking and De-linking: Politics of Food Imports and Self-Reliance in China

Shaohua Zhan

Abstract China’s growing food imports in the past decade have caught much attention, to the extent that it revives the alarm of “who will feed China.” Paradoxically the country has also maintained...

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