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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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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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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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"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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We Need To Talk About Putin: How The West Gets Him Wrong

Vladimir Putin first became President of the Russian Federation in 2000, but Mark Galeotti believes that many in the West still fail to understand the man behind the myth. Galeotti, a British expert on Russian security affairs and transnational crime, has sought to address and dispel many of the misperceptions of Putin, and shows us how to... [More]
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<p>Vladimir Putin first became President of the Russian Federation in 2000, but Mark Galeotti believes that many in the West still fail to understand the man behind the myth. Galeotti, a British

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15 Mar

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The Eton Tie: One School, 20 Prime Ministers

Sir Robert Walpole (1721-1742 )was the first of the Eton graduates to serve as Prime Minister, while Boris Johnson elected in 2019 is the 20th Eton graduate to become PM. Others have included the Duke of Wellington (1828-1830, 1834), William Gladstone (1868-74, 1880-1886) and Antony Eden (1955-1957). It is an extraordinary record for any school... [More]
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<p>Sir Robert Walpole (1721-1742 )was the first of the Eton graduates to serve as Prime Minister, while Boris Johnson elected in 2019 is the 20th Eton graduate to become PM. Others have included the

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22 Mar

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