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27
Apr
2018

The Case for Institutional Pacifism

Dr Ned Dobos, UNSW Canberra

Pacifism, in its most familiar form, is the view that waging war is never morally justified—call this the pacifism-of-acts. This is to be carefully distinguished from what we might call the...

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23
Mar
2018

Testing the Nuclear Stability-Instability Paradox Using Synthetic Control Method

Professor Benjamin E. Goldsmith, ANU

Does acquisition of nuclear weapons by security rivals increase their level of conventional militarised conflict? Some recent theoretical and quantitative work has supported the ‘stability-...

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...

21
Nov
2017

Private Standards and Norm Contestation: The Credibility Politics of Palm Oil Sustainability

Professor Helen E.S Nesadurai School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia

Joint SDSC-IR Seminar

Palm oil, a major global agricultural commodity, has long been condemned for driving deforestation, carbon emissions and social conflict, especially in its principal...

06
Nov
2017

The Ethics of the Alternatives to War: From Sanctions to Nonviolence

Professor James Pattison, The University of Manchester

It is widely held that war should be eschewed and that nonviolent alternatives should be pursued. For instance, various pacifist approaches assert that war is impermissible and we should adopt...

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23
Oct
2017

Learning from Fukushima: Nuclear Power in East Asia

Launched by Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki Laureate Fellow, School of Culture History and Language, The Australian National University

Learning from Fukushima began as a project to respond in a helpful way to the March 2011 triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown) in north-eastern Japan. It evolved into a...

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23
Oct
2017

The Strategy of Secession

Dr Ryan Griffiths, University of Sydney

How does a breakaway region become an internationally recognised state? This is an important question for aspiring nations. In this seminar, I outline what I call the sovereignty game, and show...

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09
Oct
2017

From Norm Contestation to Norm Implementation: Recursivity and the Responsibility to Protect

Dr Cecilia Jacob

This presentation responds to the burgeoning norms literature in International Relations (IR) that conceptualises the norm life-cycle as a non-linear dynamic process that is open to contestation...

18
Sep
2017

Why do we support Donald Trump? The perverse consequences of alliance politics

Professor Mark Beeson, University of Western Australia

Video interview is on the second tab, or on this link

Donald Trump is possibly the most unpredictable, unprepared, and temperamentally unsuited person ever to be elected president of the...

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28
Aug
2017

Not ‘When’ World Government but ‘Why?’ The Centrality of Institutional Moral Purpose in Theorising Global Political Integration

Associate Professor Luis Cabrera, Griffith University

Questions around how to define or more broadly conceptualise an integrated global institutional order have become increasingly salient as academic interest in world government, the world state and...

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