Past events

10
Oct
2017

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

Colum Graham

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

09
Oct
2017

Soldiers not Citizens: Indigenous service in the Australian defence forces 1899-2017

Emeritus Professor Joan Beaumont

In the past century, little was known of the service of Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders Australians in the Australian defence forces. This was largely because for many decades...

Image: UN Photo/Andrea Brizzi
09
Oct
2017

From Norm Contestation to Norm Implementation: Recursivity and the Responsibility to Protect

Dr Cecilia Jacob

This presentation responds to the burgeoning norms literature in International Relations (IR) that conceptualises the norm life-cycle as a non-linear dynamic process that is open to contestation...

03
Oct
2017

Adversarial Linkages: The urban poor and electoral politics in Jakarta

Amalinda Savirani and Edward Aspinall

Abstract How do social movements rooted among poor and marginalized citizens bargain and forge coalitions with politicians, and win concessions from them, when electoral competition is...

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...

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...

18
Sep
2017

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

Dr Steven Bullard, Senior Historian

Since 1918 Australia’s defence forces have been used by successive governments as the first point of call in responding to overseas disasters, including to deliver and distribute food and medical...

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...

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...

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. In the book,The Polythink Syndrome (Stanford University Press, 2016, with C. Wayne,...

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