Past events

24
Mar
2014

Privatising the "War on Drugs"

Dr Christopher Hobson (Waseda University)

A defining feature of the 9/11 wars has been the prominent role played by private military and security companies (PMSCs). The growth of this market for military and security services has not gone...

20
Mar
2014

Why did Putin invade Ukraine? A public lecture by Professor Paul Dibb

Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb

Abstract: This talk examines why Putin decided to intervene in Ukraine. What were the major deciding factors from his point of view? Getting inside Putin's mind requires understanding Russia's...

18
Mar
2014

More Jakarta, Less Juba: The Influence of Indonesia on police development in Timor-Leste

Gordon Peake

Abstract

This seminar will examine the influences on police development in Timor-Leste, whose police service may well lay claim to be the recipient of the most diverse amounts of advice, guidance...

17
Mar
2014

Change and Continuity in Post-Cold War Pacific Alliances: Case Studies on Japan's and Australia's Alliance Relations with the US

Sampo Kemppainen (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo)

The United States' alliances with Japan and Australia are the most important bilateral security alliances in the Asia-Pacific. Given the uncertain strategic conditions in the wider region, the...

14
Mar
2014

Transnational Environmental Crime Project: Black trade, criminal networks and enforcement responses

Professor Lorraine Elliott

The Transnational Environmental Crime (TEC) project at ANU, funded by the Australian Research Council and the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment (DoE) under the ARC...

11
Mar
2014

Good Aid- Bad Aid

Scott MacWilliam

Abstract

According to the University of Papua New Guinea's website, last updated in March 2007, the institution aims to be the `premier University of the Pacific'. By comparison, the 2013-205...

04
Mar
2014

The political economy of pork barrelling in the Philippines

Ronald Holmes

Abstract

Pork barrelling refers to the distribution of highly divisible benefits to specific populations, the cost of which is shared by the general population through taxation.   Argued to...

04
Mar
2014

Fractured encounters between locals and Chinese migrant workers in Papua New Guinea: Political economies and post-colonial imaginaries

Victoria Stead and Sophia Loy-Wilson

Abstract

As China's presence in the Pacific Islands region is intensified through expansions of investment and resource extraction, the lives of Papua New Guineans and Chinese developers, merchants...

27
Feb
2014

Puer Tea - author Jinghong Zhang in conversation with Andrew Walker

Join author Jinghong Zhang with Professor Andrew Walker in a conversation on the recent Puer tea fad in China

From cottage creation to international industry, follow the rise, climax and...

25
Feb
2014

Resource Nationalism in Indonesia

Eve Warburton

Observers increasingly describe Indonesia as a country where €˜resource nationalism' is on the rise. Legislative change and judicial disputes in Indonesia's mining and oil and gas sectors have...

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