Past events

In conversation: are we heading towards a strategic crisis  over Taiwan?
05
Dec
2019

In conversation: Are we heading towards a strategic crisis over Taiwan?

Brendan Taylor, Coral Bell School; Linda Jakobson, China Matters; Hugh White, Coral Bell School; Allan Gyngell, Crawford School; Chaired by Nick Bisley, La Trobe University

As the world nervously watches Hong Kong’s unravelling, a far bigger crisis is brewing only a few hundred kilometres away on the island of Taiwan.

The Hong Kong protests have already had a...

Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial: The Consular Commission meeting with Dutch officials in September 1947. Australian peacekeepers Chesterman and Dyke are at the rear, right. (AWM: P03531.003)
02
Dec
2019

Indonesia's war for independence and the birth of UN peacekeeping

Dr Peter Londey, ANU

Seventy years ago this month, on 27 December 1949, Indonesia became an independent state. Australia had played a notable diplomatic role in helping the Indonesians achieve independence from the...

Dr Kyle Haynes
27
Nov
2019

After insolvency: Retrenchment and reconciliation during great power decline

Dr Kyle Haynes, Visiting Fellow, ANU

In this seminar Dr Kyle Haynes examines how declining great powers balance the demands of competing with peer adversaries while pulling back from costly peripheral commitments. Contrary to the...

Appraising Thucydides’ Trap
14
Nov
2019

Appraising Thucydides’ Trap

Professor Steve Chan, University of Colorado, Boulder

The notion of ‘Thucydides’ Trap’ claims that the danger of war increases when a rising state approaches or overtakes a ruling state’s power. It offers the Peloponnesian War between Athens and...

13
Nov
2019
Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial: The King visits the Australian troops in the Eastern Command, United Kingdom, England, 1940.
11
Nov
2019

The Battle for Britain: Britain and the British Empire

Professor Andrew Stewart, ANU

In 1940, Britain faced the threat of invasion. While Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill fought a verbal political duel throughout the summer months, both sides prepared for what might happen if...

Professor Hugh White, and Professor the Hon Gareth Evans
30
Oct
2019

Thinking the Unthinkable: Could Australia ever contemplate nuclear weapons?

Professor Hugh White, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre; Professor Gareth Evans, ANU Chancellor

John Gee Memorial Lecture

Professor Hugh White’s latest book How to Defend Australia has raised some challenging questions. One of them is whether there could be circumstances under which...

Australian infantry from the 2/9th Battalion move along the Riko River; Balikpapan, August 1945.
21
Oct
2019

Naik Sungai: The river war in Borneo

Dr Garth Pratten, Acting Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Audio recording of the seminar.

Landing in Borneo in 1945 as part of the Oboe series of operations the 7th and 9th Australian Divisions confronted an operational environment in which...

Geopolitics and the Western Pacific and Leszek Buszynski
10
Oct
2019

Book Launch: Geopolitics and the Western Pacific

Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of the ANU College of Asia; Honorary Professor Leszek Buszynski, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU

Join us for the launch of Geopolitics and the Western Pacific: China, Japan and the US by author Dr Leszek Buszynski.

Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of the ANU College of Asia and the...

Pavin Chachavalpongpun
08
Oct
2019

King Vajiralongkorn and the new political landscape

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Kyoto University

King Vajiralongkorn was crowned on 1 December 2016, although the official ceremony was not until 4 May 2019 (note that the official coronation was a three-day celebration from 4-6 May 2019)....

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