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Want to really understand what is going on in the world? Join us to analyse and debate both contemporary and historical political events, in a friendly and stimulating environment, ably supported by our highly knowledgeable tutors.

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Creating a New American President

The Presidential Inauguration has been the dramatic centrepiece of the American political system since the Inauguration of America’s first President on 30 April 1789. George Washington was sworn in on the balcony of the hastily remodelled New York City Hall, watched by a crowd of thousands. The Inauguration of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr in... [More]
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The Presidential Inauguration has been the dramatic centrepiece of the American political system since the Inauguration of America’s first President on 30 April 1789. George Washington was sworn in on

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22 Jan

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: The New Sultan?

Scholar Soner Cagaptay’s book The New Sultan bestows upon the President of Turkey this title. To what extent is Mr Erdoğan behaving like a Sultan? His pursuit of neo-Ottomanism and expansionism will be examined in this lecture to assess whether this title is apt. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to... [More]
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<p>Scholar Soner Cagaptay’s book <em>The New Sultan</em> bestows upon the President of Turkey this title. To what extent is Mr Erdoğan behaving like a Sultan? His pursuit of neo-Ottomanism and

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29 Jan

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Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942

According to Allan Gyngell: “Everything that Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it.” Gyngell (AO; FAIIA) has served as an Australian diplomat, as a senior political adviser, as the founding Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy,... [More]
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<p>According to Allan Gyngell: “Everything that Australia wants to achieve as a country depends on its capacity to understand the world outside and to respond effectively to it.” Gyngell (AO; FAIIA)

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01 Feb

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Saudi Arabia and the Middle East

Saudi Arabia seems to the West to be an enigmatic state. Generally thought to be funding terrorism and unrest in the region, and yet allied to the US, she plays a major role in international geo-politics. At the same time, she is ruled by a tight-fisted dynasty who are also fundamentalist theocratic rulers. This course looks at how Saudi Arabia... [More]
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<p>Saudi Arabia seems to the West to be an enigmatic state. Generally thought to be funding terrorism and unrest in the region, and yet allied to the US, she plays a major role in international

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03 Feb

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NATO: From the Cold War to New Challenges

Founded in 1949, membership of NATO has grown from 12 to 29 countries. We take a closer look at NATO’s political role and the new challenges it faces today. Is NATO, as French President Macron remarked,‘brain dead’? This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety... [More]
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<p>Founded in 1949, membership of NATO has grown from 12 to 29 countries. We take a closer look at NATO’s political role and the new challenges it faces today. Is NATO, as French President Macron

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03 Feb

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Classical Western Political Theory: Inspecting the Foundations

Western Political Theory today rests heavily on foundational contributions. We explore key themes of power, democracy, social justice, freedom, property, rights, secularisation, and stability & change as understood and expounded by some of the ‘greats’ of Western analytical political thought. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney.... [More]
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<p>Western Political Theory today rests heavily on foundational contributions. We explore key themes of power, democracy, social justice, freedom, property, rights, secularisation, and stability &amp

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05 Feb

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Operation Barbarossa 1941: The Goths Ride East

In 1941 Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the USSR opening a third front in World War 11. The German war machine had been very successful in western Europe but not on the eastern front. The German high command seriously underestimated the resolve of the Russian people and the Russian army. Hitler failed in the same way as... [More]
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<p>In 1941 Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the USSR opening a third front in World War 11. The German war machine had been very successful in western Europe but not on the

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08 Feb

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Australia's Defence Strategy: Evaluating Alternatives for a Contested Asia

Adam Lockyer asks: “How would we know a good [Australian] defence strategy if we saw one?” What would such a strategy look like, and how might we evaluate its potential effectiveness? Lockyer, a former Australian soldier, is currently an Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at Macquarie University, and has published widely on issues relating to... [More]
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<p>Adam Lockyer asks: “How would we know a good [Australian] defence strategy if we saw one?” What would such a strategy look like, and how might we evaluate its potential effectiveness? Lockyer, a

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15 Feb

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Shaping a Sustainable Environment for Planet Earth

Familiarise yourself with the key principles of climate change science and global warming; as well as to public policy and the legal measures available to address the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable... [More]
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<p>Familiarise yourself with the key principles of climate change science and global warming; as well as to public policy and the legal measures available to address the urgent need to reduce

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17 Feb

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"She Tried" - The Legacy of the German Chancellor

Merkel, the first female German chancellor, was re-elected for a fourth term in September 2017. Asked what she hopes history books will say about her legacy, she responded: ‘She tried.’ Take a closer look at Angela Merkel’s life and her astonishing rise. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they... [More]
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<p>Merkel, the first female German chancellor, was re-elected for a fourth term in September 2017. Asked what she hopes history books will say about her legacy, she responded: ‘She tried.’ Take a

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22 Feb

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