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Politics at Lunchtime

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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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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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US Election 2020

This month's election is one of the most crucial in recent US history. We examine: who won, how they did it, and what could happen next. 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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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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Australia and China - A New Cold War?

Relations between Australia and China are now at their lowest point for some years. But China remains Australia’s biggest export market and many Australian businesses rely on that market. How did the current crisis arise, how might it evolve, and what are the lesson for Australian businesses? This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney.... [More]

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Belarus under Lukashenko - The Last European Dictatorship?

Aleksandr Lukashenko (b. 1954) has been the President of Belarus for more than 25 years, having served in that position since it was created on July 20, 1994. Under Lukashenko, Belarus has preserved much of the country’s Soviet-era symbolism and has been sanctioned for human rights violations. Lukashenko’s critics have described him as 'Europe’s... [More]

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What Can We Expect From a Biden Presidency?

A look at the immediate issues confronting the Administration, some of the long-term structural matters, and the domestic political obstacles to major reform. There will certainly be a change of tone under Biden but can the problems that were not solved by Trump, be solved by Biden? This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>A look at the immediate issues confronting the Administration, some of the long-term structural matters, and the domestic political obstacles to major reform. There will certainly be a change of

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15 Jan

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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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Brexit: The State of Play

The UK has now left the European Union. There is no turning back (at least for quite a while). 2020 was supposed to have been spent negotiating a series of agreements covering the UK’s new status vis-a-via the EU. It should have all been done by mid-October. That deadline was missed. We examine the current state of play and speculate on what could... [More]

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International Law: A Brief Introduction

International Law (IL), as a core sub-discipline of International Relations, emerges from the interactions of sovereign states in the international system, and their efforts to regulate and systemise those interactions. In this course, we will begin with an examination of the origins and purpose of IL. Secondly, we will learn about the... [More]

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