Past events

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...

15
Nov
2019

Rethinking Territorial Autonomy

Shane J. Barter

Abstract Territorial Autonomy, in which regionally concentrated minorities gain the ability to govern their territory with special administrative powers, represents an important political...

Appraising Thucydides’ Trap
14
Nov
2019

Appraising Thucydides’ Trap

Professor Steve Chan, University of Colorado, Boulder

Audio recording of the seminar.

The notion of ‘Thucydides’ Trap’ claims that the danger of war increases when a rising state approaches or overtakes a ruling state’s power. It offers the...

13
Nov
2019
'Framing the Islands' , Greg Fry
12
Nov
2019

Book Launch by Dame Meg Taylor Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; and book author Honorary Associate Professor Greg Fry, ANU

Audio recording of the launch.

Join us for the launch of Framing the Islands: Power and Diplomatic Agency in Pacific Regionalism by author Honorary Associate Professor Greg Fry. The book...

Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial: The King visits the Australian troops in the Eastern Command, United Kingdom, England, 1940.
11
Nov
2019

The Battle for Britain: Britain and the British Empire

Professor Andrew Stewart, ANU

Seminar audio recording.

In 1940, Britain faced the threat of invasion. While Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill fought a verbal political duel throughout the summer months, both sides...

Image: x1klima FlickrCC
11
Nov
2019

Emotions and Power in World Politics

Dr Emma Hutchison and Professor Roland Bleiker, University of Queensland

In recent years, the study of emotions has become one of the most exciting innovations in international relations. Emerging as a critique of the long-held dichotomy of emotion and reason, early...

The Hon Henry Tuakeu Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands
11
Nov
2019

The Hon Henry Tuakeu Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

The Hon Henry Tuakeu Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands

This public lecture will touch upon the constitutional implications for the relationship between Cook Islands and New Zealand of Cook Islands’ progression to developed country status.

The...

'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'
07
Nov
2019

'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'

Paul Hutchcroft, Department of Political and Social Change (PSC), ANU; Leena Rikkilä Tamang, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance; Professor Edward Aspinall, and Associate Professor Marcus Mietzner, PSC, ANU

In Southeast Asia, as in many other parts of the world, the quality of democracy is undermined by varying patterns of ‘money politics’. The prevalence of patronage not only displaces policy...

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