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"Reforming the ‘dog’s breakfast of federalism’"

Dr Tracy Beck Fenwick, incoming director (2015) of the Australian Centre for Federalism, has written an opinion piece in The Canberra Times with the title "Reforming the ‘dog’s breakfast of federalism’"

The OpEd is available on the Canberra Times website.

"Graft, inflation and growth: Rousseff’s Brazilian challenges"

Dr Sean Burges has written an opinion piece in The Australian on the challenges re-elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is facing in her second term in office.

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Message from Mungo wins UN film award

School of History - news - Tue, 2014-10-28 11:37


A film co-produced by Professor Ann McGrath has won the 2014 United Nations Association of Australia media award for promotion of Indigenous recognition.

Message from Mungo, produced by McGrath from the ANU Centre for Indigenous History and Andrew Pike from Ronin Films, took over seven years to make.

It tells the story of the surfacing of the remains of ‘Mungo Lady’ over forty years ago, and the interactions between scientists and the traditional custodians of the land.

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Exploring the global history of homicide and massacre

RSSS - news - Mon, 2014-10-27 12:03
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In this video Professor Rod Broadhurst of the School of Sociology and Professor Pieter Spierenburg challenge the common view that our modern world is more lethal than ever. 

Professor Spierenburg argues that despite the mass murder we associate with modernity our planet is not as violent as in the past and that we are living in less violent times. The history of homicide has given rise to contradictory views about the trends in lethal violence.

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Book Launch - Zone of Crisis

CAIS - news - Thu, 2014-10-23 15:04

Professor Saikal's most recent book, Zone of Crisis: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran & Iraq was launched at CAIS, by the ANU Chancellor Prof. The Hon Gareth Evans on 22 October 2014.

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"The politics of education for globalisation"

Dr April Biccum has published an artilce with the title "The politics of education for globalisation: managed activism in a time of crisis" in the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

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Cambridge Economic History of Australia featuring CAEPR contributors

RSSS - news - Tue, 2014-10-21 14:07
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The recently published Cambridge Economic History of Australia features two chapters authored by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Researchers.  Dr Boyd Hunter’s chapter, titled ‘The Aboriginal Legacy’, provides an account of the pre 1788 economy and the impact of the arrival of the settlers.  The account is continued up to the present by Professor Jon Altman and Dr Nick Biddle, authors of the chapter titled ‘Refiguring Indigenous Economics: a 21st Century Perspective’.

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"Evo Morales must pave way for Bolivia’s next generation of leaders"

Dr Sean Burges has written an opinion piece in The Australian on Evo Morales' win in the recent Bolivian presidential elections.

The OpEd with the title "Evo Morales must pave way for Bolivia’s next generation of leaders" is available on The Australian's website.

Call for ANU Centre for European Studies Doctoral Scholarship

The Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies invites applications for a PhD Scholarship for 2015 commencement.


For more information please visit the ANUCES scholarship website.

The importance of domestic political engagement

Dr Sean Burges has recently published 'The importance of domestic political engagement' in the Brazilian journal Conjuntura Austral in relation to the upcoming Brazilian presidential elections.

ANIP intern thanked in Federal Parliament

Ms Gai Brodtmann MP used a speech in Parliament last week to formally thank ANU student and intern Darian Clark.

Darian, who is studying a Master of Globalisation at the School of Politics and International Relations, spent 11 weeks in Brodtmann’s office as part of the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP).

Throughout his placement he worked on a research paper assessing the potential for an international agreement on cyberweapons as well as a number of other initiatives.

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Gareth Evans speaks at IR Society 10th anniversary breakfast

The ANU International Relations Society recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary with breakfast at University House and a presentation by the ANU Chancellor the Hon. Gareth Evans AC, QC on the topic 'The development of the responsibility to protect'.

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Summer Scholars Applications now Open for 2014 - 2015

School of History - news - Fri, 2014-10-03 09:40
The ANU School of History is pleased to announce that it will host a group of Summer Scholars from 1 December 2014 to 30 January 2015.

Successful applicants will be supervised by academic staff within the School of History.
Outstanding undergraduate students from Australia and New Zealand in their 3rd or Honours year of studies in History are encouraged to apply.
A History Summer Scholarship includes:
• Return economy travel from a student's place of residence to Canberra;

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Recent commentary on events in the Middle East

CAIS - news - Mon, 2014-09-22 12:16

CAIS academic staff and research scholars have been able to provide constant media commentary on the situation in Iraq and Australia's involvement in the Middle East. In the last week the following interviews and media pieces have been published:

Dr Kirill Nourzhanov, Commentary on the Abbott-Putin altercation, Bloomberg News, 14 October 2014.

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School of Politics and International Relations ranked 7th in the world and 1st in Australia

The School of Politics and International Relations ranked 7th in the world and 1st in Australia in the latest QS Top Universities rankings.

For more information please read the ANU news story "ANU hits top in global rankings" or visit the QS website.

"The importance of domestic political engagement"

Dr Sean Burges has recently published an article in the Brazilian journal Conjuntura Austral in relation to the upcoming Brazilian presidential elections.

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ANU hits top 25 in global rankings

RSSS - news - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:30
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The Australian National University has been ranked 25 in the world and the highest ranked Australian university by the QS Top Universities rankings.

RSSS leads in top-ranking fields of Politics, History, Philosophy and Sociology.

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Crafting Democracies

RSSS - news - Tue, 2014-09-16 12:27
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Ending an authoritarian regime is a tricky business where individual political leadership can emerge as one of the most important factors in reaching the compromises and accommodations needed to bring a shift towards democracy.

In this video, Professor Abraham F (Abe) Lowenthal from the University of Southern California speaks with Dr Sean Burges, Lecturer in International Relations and Deputy Director of the ANU Centre for Latin American Studies about what we can learn from those countries which have been through this transition to democracy.

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The Obama version of Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ strategy

CAIS - news - Mon, 2014-09-15 15:28

President Barack Obama has finally enunciated his strategy for degrading and eventually eliminating the extremist Sunni ‘Islamic State’ (IS) on Iraqi and Syrian territories.

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