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President Trump: Implications for the American Alliance

The election of Donald Trump as US President has implications not only for his country but for many others as well. Australia is locked into the US defence establishment in many ways. For example, by hosting the Pine Gap facility we make ourselves a target for anyone who wants to attack the USA. Trump is unpredictable and Australia cannot assume that things will be the same. Some will see this as a bad thing and others as good thing. This course will examine what we know so far and... [More]
President Trump: Implications for the American Alliance
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German Chancellor Merkel: The Last Defender of the EU and the West?

After 11 years in power, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will stand for a fourth four-year term in Autumn 2017. She is widely seen as the World’s most powerful woman and even as the last defender of Europe and the trans-Atlantic alliance. In this session we will explore Angela Merkel’s life, career and her continued contribution to international politics. [More]
German Chancellor Merkel: The Last Defender of the EU and the West?
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The Plight of Minorities in the Middle East

The Middle East is a region of great ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. However, the number and size of the ethnic and religious minorities is being reduced at a great pace. As well as the Christian minorities (such as Assyrians) and ethno-religious groups such as the Yezidis and the Sabean/Mandeans, smaller Ghulat (Shia) groups are also in danger of disappearing. The lecture will outline the ethno-religious diversity of Middle East and highlight those communities that are... [More]
The Plight of Minorities in the Middle East
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Russia: Latest Developments

This course will look at developments in Russia and especially how the Trump presidency is affecting Russian relations with the US and NATO countries. [More]
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Post-secular Turkey

With the arrival of the Islamist AKP party over a decade ago, the political landscape has seemingly changed forever in Turkey. The pace of change towards a more Islamic oriented public life was slower in the beginning of the AKP rule. However, under the leadership of Reccep Tayyip Erdoğan the last few years, and especially the months following the coup attempt in July, the rapid changes are slowly eroding the seemingly secular nature of the Turkish Republic. [More]
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