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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasing rapidly in society. But (outside Hollywood) it is not getting the attention it deserves. This speculative presentation will help us to think about the unthinkable. Humankind is clearly on the edge of a new revolution. But will it be to our advantage? DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face... [More]
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<p>Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasing rapidly in society. But (outside Hollywood) it is not getting the attention it deserves. This speculative presentation will help us to think about the

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25 Jun

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Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation: A Brief Introduction

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an inter-governmental forum for 21 member economies in the Pacific Rim that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. APEC was founded in 1989, following the success of a series of post-ministerial conferences that were launched in the 1980s by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations... [More]
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<p>The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an inter-governmental forum for 21 member economies in the Pacific Rim that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. APEC was founded

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28 Jun

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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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02 Jul

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George Kennan and The Long Telegram: Communism and Containment

George F. Kennan (1904-2005), one of America’s most famous diplomats, served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the USA to the USSR from 1944 to 1946. On February 22, 1946, in a document now known as the ‘Long Telegram’, Kennan outlined a policy response to Soviet Communism which is called ‘containment’. Kennan’s telegram (subsequently expanded and... [More]
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<p>George F. Kennan (1904-2005), one of America’s most famous diplomats, served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the USA to the USSR from 1944 to 1946. On February 22, 1946, in a document now known

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12 Jul

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Remembering 1921: 100 Years Later

1921 was dominated by the impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919-1920. The newly established Weimar Republic in Germany was floundering under the savage clauses of the post WWI Treaty of Versailles. The race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma shocked the world. Communist Parties were formed in several nations in the wake of the Russian... [More]
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<p>1921 was dominated by the impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919-1920. The newly established Weimar Republic in Germany was floundering under the savage clauses of the post WWI

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19 Jul

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What Have We Learned from the Pandemic of 2020?

The ethical, moral, economic and social consequences of the 2020 global pandemic have been monumental. We were confronted with many stark images of death and suffering across the world as the contagion spread early in 2020. As the world and Australia moves towards recovery in 2021 we need to take heed of valuable lessons for the future regarding... [More]
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<p>The ethical, moral, economic and social consequences of the 2020 global pandemic have been monumental. We were confronted with many stark images of death and suffering across the world as the

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21 Jul

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Hugh Wilford and America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists in the Middle East

Hugh Wilford (b. 1965) is a British historian who was trained in the UK but is currently based at California State University. His recent works have mainly been concerned with the role of the CIA in shaping Cold War culture in America and the West. However, in ‘America’s Great Game’, Wilford turns his focus towards American covert operations in the... [More]
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<p>Hugh Wilford (b. 1965) is a British historian who was trained in the UK but is currently based at California State University. His recent works have mainly been concerned with the role of the CIA

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26 Jul

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The Kurdish Question Revisited

Since the early twentieth century, the Kurdish question remains unresolved. While the Palestinian issue receives much attention and UN resources, the largest ethnic minority in the Middle East struggles for such attention. Although, the Kurds, especially in Syria, did the heavy lifting against the so-called Caliphate thugs, they were promptly... [More]
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<p>Since the early twentieth century, the Kurdish question remains unresolved. While the Palestinian issue receives much attention and UN resources, the largest ethnic minority in the Middle East

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06 Aug

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Charles Krauthammer and The Unipolar Moment: The USA as the World's Sole Superpower

Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) was an American political commentator who wrote one of the most influential articles of the late Cold War period, called ‘The Unipolar Moment’. In this article, published shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Krauthammer argued that the world no longer had two dominant poles (the USA and the USSR), but... [More]
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<p>Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) was an American political commentator who wrote one of the most influential articles of the late Cold War period, called ‘The Unipolar Moment’. In this article,

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09 Aug

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Douglas Murray and The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam

Douglas Murray (b. 1979) is a British author, columnist, and conservative political commentator, who is currently the associate editor of the world’s oldest weekly magazine, The Spectator. Murray’s book called ‘The Strange Death of Europe’, published in 2017, has been described as “a highly personal account of a continent and a culture caught in... [More]
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<p>Douglas Murray (b. 1979) is a British author, columnist, and conservative political commentator, who is currently the associate editor of the world’s oldest weekly magazine, The Spectator. Murray’

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23 Aug

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