- Date Thu, 23 Mar 2017Time 18:00 – 19:30Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
As much as China’s newly assertive leadership may wish to position China at the head of a new global order, China’s constraints from its history, its geography, its neighborhood and its resources and its lack of soft power mean that this ambition will not be realized.
- Date Tue, 28 Mar 2017Time 18:00 – 19:30Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
In one of its final acts before the end of 2016, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution launching negotiations for a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons in 2017. The first of two negotiating sessions will begin on March 27.
The Australian Government voted against the resolution, and is not planning to attend the negotiations, despite having been present at all of the conferences that have led to this moment. In defence of the nuclear umbrella, Australian diplomats have even gone so far as to try and undermine the process.More >
- Date Tue, 04 Apr 2017Time 18:00 – 19:30Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
Between 2013-14 Michael Kirby, a past Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009), chaired a commission of inquiry established unanimously by the UN Human Rights Council to report on human rights violations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The report concluded that many grave international crimes had been shown to have occurred, requiring an effective response from the international community and accountability to the victims. Specifically, it recommended referral to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. As this requires an affirmative vote of all P5 members of the Security Council, it has not yet occurred. However, following two further nuclear weapon tests, missile tests and the apparent murder in Kuala Lumpur of the half-brother of the Supreme Leader of DPRK (Kim Jong Nam), stronger resolutions and more emphatic action by China have ensued. The change of administration in the United States, the impeachment of the president of ROK, and provocative actions by DPRK have resulted in numerous conferences and meetings that Michael Kirby has recently attended, including in Seoul, Geneva, Kuala Lumpur and Washington DC. Although he no longer holds a mandate on DPRK from the HRC, he is well positioned to report to AIIA on new developments, the risks and opportunities.