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Joko Widodo Photo: thejakartaportal.com.
15
Dec
2015

Jokowi and the constraints on a populist presidency

Liam Gammon

When Joko Widodo won Indonesia’s 2014 presidential election, his victory was greeted as a historic breakthrough for Indonesian democracy. Not only did he represent the first of a new generation of...

The Levant crisis: Syria, Iraq and the region
11
Dec
2015

The Levant crisis: Syria, Iraq and the region

Various speakers - please refer to the program

The Syrian civil war has killed thousands and displaced millions, with dire economic, social and political implications not just for Syrians, but neighbouring countries, the region, and wider...

Image: en.wikipedia.org.
08
Dec
2015

Patterns of political party competition, dominance, and institutionalism: The case of Timor-Leste

Evan Hynd

My research project began in response to CNRT’s displacement of FRETILIN as the dominant political player in Timor-Leste from 2007. CNRT has led the coalition governments of 2007 and 2012, ending...

03
Dec
2015

Seminar: Thailand's Strategic Culture

Greg Raymond, Research Associate, Strategic and Defense Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University

Thailand’s external security policy is mostly considered in terms of its traditionally astute foreign policy.  The Thai military’s role in external security has been less well studied, especially...

02
Dec
2015

'After liberal peace': public keynote lecture as part of the workshop on ‘hybridity: history, power and scale’

Professor Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester

Work on peace and its development during the 2000s, drawing on peace and state building examples from around the world, now looks rather dated. Such work concluded with some thoughts on the potential...

Image: Cover of one of the best-seller 'End of the World' books.
01
Dec
2015

Terrorism and the end of time: apocalyptic thinking within Indonesian jihadism

Greg Fealy

One of the most popular sub-genres of jihadist literature in Indonesia concerns the end of the world. Many dozens of books and web pages have appeared over the past decade interpreting...

Dr. Bates Gill
26
Nov
2015

Convergence and divergence: the paradox of US-China relations

Dr. Bates Gill, Visiting Professor, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

The US-China relationship - arguably the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world - is defined by an abiding paradox: while the two countries have never been so interdependent nor...

Myanmar after the vote: What next?
19
Nov
2015

Myanmar after the vote: What next?

Morten Pedersen, Naing Ko Ko, Janelle Saffin, Khin Maung Yin, Nicholas Farrelly, Khin Khin Mra, Trevor Wilson, Khin Thidar Aye

Outline: On 8 November Myanmar went to the polls. While official results are still being announced, it is clear that as in the last freely contested general election of 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi’s...

One country, two protest movements: The Cross-Strait ties that bind Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement
17
Nov
2015

One country, two protest movements: The Cross-Strait ties that bind Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

Danielle Cave

Why and how are Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement connected? This proposed thesis seeks to understand the relationship between two of Asia’s most active and prominent...

Understanding the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) in the Context of Transition
03
Nov
2015

Understanding the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) in the Context of Transition

Jonathan Liljeblad

During the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in March 2015, Myanmar’s Deputy Foreign Minister U Thyant Kyaw declared “In order to be more compliant with the Paris Principles, the Myanmar...

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