international relations

Performing Unity: The symbol and ritual of ASEAN

In his latest book project, Mathew Davies argues that, at its core, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is really just one big performance.

Comic Relief: Unpacking the politics of pop culture

In his newly designed course for international relations students, Alister Wedderburn is bringing culture back to the fore.

Regional roundup spotlights Australia’s key relationships

Speaking at the Australian National University’s annual Australia 360 event last Tuesday, a panel of academics broke down Australia’s key regional relationships, starting in Southeast Asia.

Testing the Nuclear Stability-Instability Paradox Using Synthetic Control Method

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-instability paradox’, the proposition that while nuclear weapons deter nuclear war, they may also provide the conditions for nuclear-armed rivals to increase conventional military conflict with each other. However, other quantitative analysis and qualitative studies of the India–Pakistan dyad have delivered more equivocal assessments.

The Case for Institutional Pacifism

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 pacifism-of-institutions. The latter position is not characterised by an absolute objection to waging war with the military resources that we have amassed. It is characterised, rather, by an objection to the amassing of those resources to begin with.

Making the Invisible Visible: The Practice of Film Production as International Relations

How to make the invisible visible in a way that recognises the agency of the invisible is a question pertinent to feminist and decolonial method in International Relations (IR). In this seminar, Sophie Harman explores a new method of research to explore this question: the co-production of a narrative feature film Pili, between an academic researcher, a film crew, and a group of women from rural coastal Tanzania living below the international poverty line of US$2 a day. This project is the first use of narrative feature film as method in IR.

World Peace (and how we can achieve it)

This talk is an investigation into the idea and the possibility of world peace. It argues that world peace is possible and explores how world politics might be nudged towards greater peacefulness.

What Happens When ISIS Becomes an Online Caliphate?

After the fall of Mosul, devising effective ways to combat Islamic State propaganda will be critically important, writes Dr Haroro Ingram.

Diplomatic Cooperation: An Evolutionary Perspective

Public Lecture co-hosted by the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University

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