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The Spartan Mirage & Greek Ultra-Nationalism (1936-2020)

The fantasy of ancient Sparta has been appropriated by a number of ultra-right movements and politicians over the past century. They include Hitler's Nazis and as well as recent neo-Nazis. We examine this phenomenon in Greece in the 1930s, 1960s and over the past three decades culminating in Golden Dawn sending democratically elected Deputies to... [More]
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<p>The fantasy of ancient Sparta has been appropriated by a number of ultra-right movements and politicians over the past century. They include Hitler's Nazis and as well as recent neo-Nazis. We

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02 Oct

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Changing Relations between Politics and Religion around the World

Should religious teachings play any role in shaping government policies? The question is answered in different ways in many parts of the world. Examine the interaction between religion and government in a number of countries as a basis for discussion of the most appropriate legislative framework for the relation between religion and politics in... [More]
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<p>Should religious teachings play any role in shaping government policies? The question is answered in different ways in many parts of the world. Examine the interaction between religion and

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12 Oct

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Tips for New Voters – What Advice Would You Give?

Voting is compulsory in Australia yet there is little advice for young people or recently arrived adults going to the polling booth for the first time. What are your recollections about your early polling experiences, either in Australia or overseas? How has your approach to voting changed over the years? What would you say to a first-time voter?... [More]
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<p>Voting is compulsory in Australia yet there is little advice for young people or recently arrived adults going to the polling booth for the first time. What are your recollections about your early

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14 Oct
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Turning Points in Australian Democracy since Federation

Our democracy is shaped by turning points – slow burning as well as sudden. From Federation, through conscription and the dismissal of the Whitlam government and more, come for a journey through time. Find out what was happening in Australia and the world at the time of five turning points. How did other countries react? What was the short and... [More]
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<p>Our democracy is shaped by turning points – slow burning as well as sudden. From Federation, through conscription and the dismissal of the Whitlam government and more, come for a journey through

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21 Oct
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Why Liberalism Failed

Patrick Deneen (b. 1964) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA, where he specialises in the analysis of political theory. His fourth book, Why Liberalism Failed was published in 2018, and has been so well-received that it has been translated into ten languages. The book is a critique of political, social,... [More]
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<p>Patrick Deneen (b. 1964) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA, where he specialises in the analysis of political theory. His fourth book, <em>Why

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25 Oct

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The Chernobyl Disaster: 35 Years On

26 April 2021 was the thirty-fifth anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the V.I. Lenin Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is still considered to be the world's worst nuclear accident. It destroyed the nuclear power industry's claims to be modern, clean and safe. Mikhail Gorbachev later credited the incident with initiating the fall of the... [More]
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<p>26 April 2021 was the thirty-fifth anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the V.I. Lenin Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is still considered to be the world's worst nuclear accident. It

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01 Nov
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<p>26 April 2021 was the thirty-fifth anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the V.I. Lenin Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is still considered to be the world's worst nuclear accident. It

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01 Nov

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The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

John Mearsheimer (b. 1947) is a leading American political scientist and international relations scholar based at the University of Chicago. His book called The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, published in 2001 and updated in 2014, has become a classic in the field for its development of a theory known as “offensive realism”. Learn why Mearsheimer... [More]
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<p>John Mearsheimer (b. 1947) is a leading American political scientist and international relations scholar based at the University of Chicago. His book called <em>The Tragedy of Great Power Politics<

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08 Nov

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Confronting Images Throughout History

Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination and violence of repressive and autocratic regimes. However we also see the disturbing images appear in western liberal democracies as well. The imagery... [More]
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<p>Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination

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15 Nov

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Who Wins the New Space Race?

The Chinese Mars Probe is due to land in May. It is expected to relay data back to Earth immediately. There is little doubt - given the state of geo-political play between Xi's China & the West - that such an event will provoke significant world-wide speculation. We discuss its relevance to, and impact on, global relations. DELIVERY MODE... [More]
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<p>The Chinese Mars Probe is due to land in May. It is expected to relay data back to Earth immediately. There is little doubt - given the state of geo-political play between Xi's China &amp; the West

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19 Nov

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Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World

Clive Hamilton (b. 1953) is an Australian public intellectual who has previously written about China’s influence operations in Australia. In this follow-up to Silent Invasion, Hamilton joins forces with Mareike Ohlberg, a Berlin-based researcher whose work focuses on China’s digital policies. Together, Hamilton and Ohlberg have crafted an intricate... [More]
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<p>Clive Hamilton (b. 1953) is an Australian public intellectual who has previously written about China’s influence operations in Australia. In this follow-up to <em>Silent Invasion</em>, Hamilton

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22 Nov

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