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2020: The Year in Review

Join Dr Keith Suter to look back over some of the momentous events of 2020 and forward to 2021. This year's theme is Plague, Protests and Poverty. COURSE OUTLINE No one predicted just how turbulent 2020 would be. Explore the COVID crisis in three ways: The onset of the plague and its possible endings or evolution The reactions against government... [More]
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<p>Join Dr Keith Suter to look back over some of the momentous events of 2020 and forward to 2021. This year's theme is <em>Plague, Protests and Poverty</em>.

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11 Dec

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Caspian Sea Politics: A Brief Introduction

The Caspian Summit, which met for the first time on April 23-24, 2002, represents the interests of the five Caspian littoral states: Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. In this course, we will survey the history of Caspian Sea politics from the Soviet period until today, before examining the ways in which the Caspian Summit has... [More]
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<p>The Caspian Summit, which met for the first time on April 23-24, 2002, represents the interests of the five Caspian littoral states: Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. In this

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14 Dec

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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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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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"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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The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West

Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, the enemies of the West have taken two main forms: “dragons” (state enemies such as Russia and China) and “snakes” (terrorist and guerilla organisations). David Kilcullen, an Australian author, strategist, counterinsurgency expert, and former soldier, shows how these enemies have mastered new methods of war:... [More]
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<p>Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, the enemies of the West have taken two main forms: “dragons” (state enemies such as Russia and China) and “snakes” (terrorist and guerilla organisations).

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01 Mar

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Conspiracy Theories - The Vital Currency of Contemporary Populist Politics?

A significant part of contemporary Populist Politics concerns the use of Conspiracy Theorizing. Consequently it is important to understand the main elements of such thinking, how such theories 'work' in practice, and what might the source of their powerful appeal be? A preliminary exploration of one of the most fascinating - or should that be '... [More]
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<p>A significant part of contemporary Populist Politics concerns the use of Conspiracy Theorizing. Consequently it is important to understand the main elements of such thinking, how such theories '

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08 Mar

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"You can’t say that!" Political Correctness and the Culture War

Political correctness - friend or foe? This course takes a deep dive into this cultural phenomenon to understand why it is part of our daily vocabulary. How is political correctness used to shut down social dialogue? Find out how it affects you and the people you care about. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.... [More]
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<p>Political correctness - friend or foe? This course takes a deep dive into this cultural phenomenon to understand why it is part of our daily vocabulary. How is political correctness used to shut

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12 Mar

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