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Security in the Post-Soviet Space: A Brief Introduction

The countries of the Post-Soviet Space (i.e. the fifteen former Soviet republics which together once made up the USSR) are faced with a number of common security problems, in relation to various cultural, economic, military and/or political issues. In this one hour course, we will briefly survey six international organizations that have been... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The countries of the Post-Soviet Space (i.e. the fifteen former Soviet republics which together once made up the USSR) are faced with a number of common security problems, in relation to various

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02 Mar

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Democracy Matters: Mapping Australian Democracy

Democracy is much more than elections, politicians and the media. We are joined by the Sydney Alliance to hear about the bits of democracy we walk past every day in Sydney, without realising they are there. Find out about the Sydney Alliance CBD walking tours, designed to bring to life the people, key moments and places where our democracy springs... [More]
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Democracy is much more than elections, politicians and the media. We are joined by the Sydney Alliance to hear about the bits of democracy we walk past every day in Sydney, without realising they are

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06 Mar

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Boris Johnson's First Crisis

The UK government is in turmoil, with the unexpected resignation of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The crisis is being blamed on Boris Johnson’s “brain” and Dominic Cummings (who also brilliantly masterminded the Brexit campaign). We will examine: Why is there now a crisis? Who is Dominic Cummings? What does this crisis mean for the government... [More]
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<p>The UK government is in turmoil, with the unexpected resignation of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The crisis is being blamed on Boris Johnson’s “brain” and Dominic Cummings (who also brilliantly

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06 Mar

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Whistleblowers: Why are "Truth Tellers" Vilified and Prosecuted?

In recent times several democratic governments have pursued whistleblowers in the name national security. Do politicians have contempt for the truth? Are Julian Assange and Edward Snowden cyber terrorists or publishers or patriots? Why is the Australian government now pursuing “Witness K” and his lawyer Bernard Collaery after the 2012 revelations... [More]
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<p>In recent times several democratic governments have pursued whistleblowers in the name national security. Do politicians have contempt for the truth? Are Julian Assange and Edward Snowden cyber

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09 Mar

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Democracy Matters: Growing Democracy between Elections

Imagine if the prerequisites for a thriving democracy are the same as caring relationships? What does it mean if the central focus of our democracy is how we treat each other? If democracy is a skill, how do we develop the skills needed to build communities where citizens actively care for the most vulnerable? Explore democracy based on the work of... [More]
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Imagine if the prerequisites for a thriving democracy are the same as caring relationships? What does it mean if the central focus of our democracy is how we treat each other? If democracy is a skill,

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20 Mar

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Who Wins the New Space Race?

Prof Brian Cox has indicated that the next phase of the space race will be three-fold: military dominance, tourism & mineral extraction. But who wins? The USA has massive advantages of technology & corporate investment but China will join the race; it has to. And will be it be the state or private enterprise that leads the way.... [More]
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Prof Brian Cox has indicated that the next phase of the space race will be three-fold: military dominance, tourism & mineral extraction. But who wins? The USA has massive advantages of technology &

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23 Mar

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Modern Climate Change: The Role of Humans

Join Dr Dennys Angove to clarify some common misconceptions about the human role in modern climate change. Starting with an overview of the structure of the atmosphere, we look at the Greenhouse Effect, global warming, tipping points and emissions from fossil fuel combustion; and carefully guide you through the new science. Includes time for... [More]
$29 Limited

Join Dr Dennys Angove to clarify some common misconceptions about the human role in modern climate change. Starting with an overview of the structure of the atmosphere, we look at the Greenhouse

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26 Mar

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Ghost States of the Former USSR

The collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991 has been described by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century. One important component of that catastrophe relates to unresolved ethnic, religious and territorial conflicts that have manifested themselves... [More]
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<p>The collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991 has been described by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth

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30 Mar

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Russia, Civilizational Realism, and the Multi-Polar World

‘Civilizational realism’ is a term used by international relations scholars to describe a distinctive Russian foreign policy orientation that has been emerging over the last decade: Russia seeks to forge a new world order in which it will play a key role alongside two other ‘great powers’, the USA and China. Vladimir Putin provided the first clear... [More]
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<p>‘Civilizational realism’ is a term used by international relations scholars to describe a distinctive Russian foreign policy orientation that has been emerging over the last decade: Russia seeks

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06 Apr

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Australia's Catastrophic Bushfires: Media Reporting and the ABC

This lecture, held in conjunction with the Friends of the ABC, will look at the catastrophic bushfires; media reporting by the different outlets; the role and influence of social media; the ABC’s emergency broadcasting and the imperative for proper funding for Australia’s national broadcaster.... [More]
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This lecture, held in conjunction with the Friends of the ABC, will look at the catastrophic bushfires; media reporting by the different outlets; the role and influence of social media; the ABC’s

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19 Feb

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