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Is There a Way Out of Recession?

Australia – which boasted the best economic record in the western world for the past two centuries – has now plunged into a COVID-induced recession. Examine some of the main responses currently being suggested. The post-World War I 'flu pandemic – gave rise to the “roaring 20's”. Will we head eventually to our own version of the “roaring 20s”? This... [More]
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Australia – which boasted the best economic record in the western world for the past two centuries – has now plunged into a COVID-induced recession. Examine some of the main responses currently being

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25 Sep

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Orbán's Hungary - The Most Illiberal Democracy in the EU

Hungary began its transition to democracy when it held its first free parliamentary elections in May 1990. Viktor Orbán served his first term as Prime Minister from 1998-2002, and then Hungary was welcomed into the European Union in 2004. However, especially since Orbán began his second term as PM in 2010, the Fidesz political party has moved away... [More]
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<p>Hungary began its transition to democracy when it held its first free parliamentary elections in May 1990. Viktor Orbán served his first term as Prime Minister from 1998-2002, and then Hungary was

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28 Sep

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20 Years On: The Kursk Submarine Disaster

Vladimir Putin became acting President of the Russian Federation on December 31, 1999, but did not formally assume office until May 7, 2000. Three months later, he faced one of the first great crises of his presidency: the sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine ‘Kursk’ in the Barents Sea, which led to the death of all 118 personnel onboard. In... [More]
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<p>Vladimir Putin became acting President of the Russian Federation on December 31, 1999, but did not formally assume office until May 7, 2000. Three months later, he faced one of the first great

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12 Oct

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The Politics of Eugenics

The term “Eugenics” was first coined in 1883 by the British scientist Francis Galton. By the late 1920s in the USA many states had embraced Eugenics inspired selective breeding and sterilisation programs with crusading zeal. Eugenic crusaders promised to eliminate poverty, crime, immorality. Alcoholism and other social ills by eliminating “burdens... [More]
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<p>The term “Eugenics” was first coined in 1883 by the British scientist Francis Galton. By the late 1920s in the USA many states had embraced Eugenics inspired selective breeding and sterilisation

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26 Oct

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Arctic Ocean Politics: A Brief Introduction

The Arctic Council, founded on September 19, 1996, is the major regional body responsible for coordination of the eight Arctic nations: the USA, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Each of these nations has different policies and priorities in the Arctic Ocean region, but all share concerns about sovereignty and defence,... [More]
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<p>The Arctic Council, founded on September 19, 1996, is the major regional body responsible for coordination of the eight Arctic nations: the USA, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland,

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02 Nov

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Baltic Sea Politics: A Brief Introduction

The Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS), founded on March 6, 1992, consists of eleven states (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden) plus the European Union. In this course, we will consider the politics of the Baltic Sea region, with a focus on the history, structures, and functions of... [More]
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<p>The Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS), founded on March 6, 1992, consists of eleven states (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden)

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09 Nov

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China: Friend or Foe?

We explore China’s international aims and priorities. What motivates the slogan “China Has Stood Up?” and how is Australia affected? This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.... [More]
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We explore China’s international aims and priorities. What motivates the slogan “China Has Stood Up?” and how is Australia affected?<br/><p><br/><strong>This class will be delivered face-to-face at

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16 Nov

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Black Sea Politics: A Brief Introduction

The Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), founded on June 25, 1992, is a major regional organization responsible for the maintenance of cooperation, peace, stability and prosperity between its twelve members: Albania; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bulgaria; Georgia; Greece; Moldova; Romania; Russia; Serbia; Turkey; and Ukraine. In this... [More]
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<p>The Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), founded on June 25, 1992, is a major regional organization responsible for the maintenance of cooperation, peace, stability and

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23 Nov

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16 Days That Shaped History: The 75th Anniversary of the Potsdam Conference

Revisit the 16 days in the summer of 1945 when the leaders of the three major Allied powers met in Potsdam to discuss the establishment of a postwar world order. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before... [More]
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<p>Revisit the 16 days in the summer of 1945 when the leaders of the three major Allied powers met in Potsdam to discuss the establishment of a postwar world order.<br/><p><br/><strong>This class will

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30 Nov

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Explaining Geopolitical Shifts - After the COVID-19 Pandemic

The US-China rivalry, now & into the future, portends fascinating changes in ideology, politics & economics, on a massive global scale. What explanatory frameworks might be most helpful in making sense of this momentous struggle? Two social science perspectives – Marxism and Evolutionary Theory [Darwin-Dawkins-Wagner] – will be used here to... [More]
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The US-China rivalry, now & into the future, portends fascinating changes in ideology, politics & economics, on a massive global scale. What explanatory frameworks might be most helpful in making

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07 Dec

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