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On 23 August, PhD students Eri Kashima, Tuukka Kaikkonen, Christopher Hoy, Bhavani Kannan and Ryan Wong battled for the College of Asia & the Pacific division of the 3 Minute Thesis competition.
The five contestants presented their research while following strict rules – no PowerPoint slides, no props, and a strict 3-minute time limit. The engaging presentations covered a range of topics, from the importance of language diversity to counterterrorism strategies, to the advent of agriculture.
This year Bhavani Kannan was crowned the winner while Tuukka Kaikkonen won both the People’s Choice and runner-up awards.
Bhavani Kannan’s presentation focussed on how negotiation is underutilised when it comes to counterterrorism efforts. In her presentation, “The Pen Versus the Sword: Negotiating Counterterrorism Paradigms”, Bhavani asked audiences to consider not only the dangers of terrorism, but also the wide-ranging human costs of counterterrorism.
“Not only is there no end in sight to the War on Terror … it has caused the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time,” she said.
The timely nature of her research topic, coupled with her ability to argue convincingly for negotiation ensured Bhavani clinched the prize.
Bhavani will represent the College of Asia & the Pacific at the 2018 #ANU3MT Final, where she and other contestants will be competing for the $4,000 prize and a spot at the 3MT Asia-Pacific grand final.
Register online and come along to cheer Bhavani on at Llewellyn Hall on Wednesday 12 September.
By Student Correspondant Diana Tung.