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 tremendous impact on Taiwan’s politics and the island’s upcoming January elections. Taiwan goes to the polls rejecting China’s preferred ‘one country, two systems’ formula for reunification that has already proven so incendiary in Hong Kong. But Beijing will accept nothing less and its patience with this ‘renegade province’ is fast running out.
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 contest the rise of the radical right and offer alternatives for democratic transformation.
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 received wisdom on power shifts, it argues that periods of acute decline can actually lead to reduced great power tensions and deepened cooperation. The talk will present a case study on the origins of Détente during the Cold War.
DFAT has doubled the funding on a wide-ranging research project by PSC to explore how domestic political concerns in Southeast Asian countries are impacting the stability of the rules-based order in the region, and what Australia can do to assist.
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 independence from the Dutch colonialists, including in September 1947 despatching the very first United Nations (UN) peacekeepers to Java. This seminar will focus on the part played in the development of UN multinational peacekeeping by the peacekeepers themselves on the ground in Indonesia.
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 prepared for what might happen if the two countries continued fighting. In Britain, the consensus was that a land defence against a German invasion would be a potentially impossible challenge with the little equipment left available after Dunkirk. Nevertheless, plans called for a multinational effort made up of troops from across occupied Europe and the British Empire.