Past events

Thai Military Power_book launch_image 440x220
08
Mar
2018

Thai Military Power

Michael Wesley, Gregory Raymond

At the centre of the vital Asia–Pacific region, Thailand is important. But, despite its large population and powerful military forces performing significant roles in state and society, Thailand...

US Navy aircraft image
05
Mar
2018

Transition Point: Embracing the 4th Age of War

Dr Albert Palazzo

The arrival of the 4th Industrial Age compels states (or non-states) to reinterpret the character of war. They need to discard the obsolete features of 3rd Industrial Age warfare and embrace the...

Image: Horst Rosenthal, Mickey au Camp de Gurs (1942), Centre de Juive Contemporaine, Paris
23
Feb
2018

The Provocation of Laughter and the Practice of Resistance: On Humour and the Politics of Subjectivity

Dr Alister Wedderburn, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU

Tragedy has played a prominent and active role in the construction of Western political imaginaries. For many thinkers working not only in IR but also in a host of other disciplines, tragic drama...

Afghan housing
22
Feb
2018

Afghanistan in 2017: Lessons from a survey of the Afghan People

George Varughese, Tabasum Akseer (Asia Foundation)

For more than a decade The Asia Foundation has conducted an annual and very rigorous survey of opinion in Afghanistan that provides a unique source of data on attitudinal and social-structural...

20
Feb
2018

Electoral rules, clientelism and partisanship in Indonesia

Diego Fossati

A vast literature studies the effects of electoral institutions on party systems. Research on the relationship between electoral systems and the strength of partisan identities, however, is...

16
Feb
2018

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in conflict-affected contexts: An alternative development partnership between an international non-governmental organisation and a non-state armed group in Shan State, Myanmar

Sharon Bell, PhD Candidate, Massey University, New Zealand

As the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is advanced, ascertaining how conflict-affected contexts can impact on achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is vital. The United...

15
Feb
2018

The UN in the Pacific: Supporting Pacific Island Countries to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals

Various speakers

The United Nations Pacific Strategy (UNPS) 2018-2022 is a five year strategic framework that outlines the collective response of the UN system to the development priorities in 14 Pacific Island...

12
Feb
2018

Unwinnable Wars: Afghanistan and the Limits of Western Military Power

Professor Theo Farrell, The University of Wollongong

At sixteen years and counting, Afghanistan is the longest war for western states of the post-Cold War period, and NATO’s first overseas war. At its height, the US and its NATO allies deployed 130,...

Young men taking a break from garden work, Melkoi 2013
12
Feb
2018

Negotiating What It Means to be a “Good” Man in Contemporary Papua New Guinea

Stephanie Lusby

The figure of the “good man” or “real man” is a common trope in Papua New Guinean and international campaigns to address HIV and AIDS, and violence against women. This figure is imagined as a...

18
Jan
2018

Book Launch: Populism and Patronage

Paul Kenny, Edward Aspinall and David Doyle

Populists pose a serious threat to democracy yet in country after country they are coming to power. Why? Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond (Oxford...

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