Bhavani’s research addresses the contradictory norms that are simultaneously at play in countering terrorism; non-negotiation, and negotiating with terrorists. To comply with one norm is to necessarily breach the other. Nevertheless, both norms enjoy almost universal adherence. As such, her dissertation questions how the conflicting norms in state practice regarding negotiating with terrorists affects diplomatic counterterrorism efforts to maintain international peace and security.
Bhavani is an Education Specialist with the ANU Centre for Learning and Teaching. She holds a Master of Diplomacy (Advanced) with Honours and a Master of Laws in International Law from ANU. Bhavani previously completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist) in Japanese from Murdoch University.
Negotiating With Terrorists: Resolving conflict in counterterrorism norms
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