“A more aggressive line must be taken by the US and its allies against North Korea”The Influence of Global CorporationsThe Prospects of Syria

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    “A more aggressive line must be taken by the US and its allies against North Korea”

    Date Tue, 27 Jun 2017
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000

    Since the early 1990s there have been eight “effective” nuclear weapons states in the world. These are: US, Russia, China, France, Britain, Israel, India, and Pakistan. By “effective” we usually mean states that have acquired either nuclear or thermo-nuclear weapons, together with a reliable means of delivering them. The vanguard project of arms control since the 1950s has been nuclear non-proliferation and the rationale for this is that the more nuclear states there are in the world the greater the danger of unprecedented global catastrophe. But somehow we’ve survived despite the number of nuclear states escalating from one to eight. So what does North Korea’s impending acquisition of an effective nuclear capability mean? Is this state so different that it has to be prevented from doing what the other nuclear armed states have done? If Pyongyang is regarded as a “special case”, how might it be disarmed? And how might the inevitable cost of doing so be rationalised?

    These and other issues will feature in what should be a lively debate among our Interns. 

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    “A more aggressive line must be taken by the US and its allies against North Korea”


    Two teams of interns will debate against each other on Tuesday, June 27th.

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    The Influence of Global Corporations

    Date Tue, 04 Jul 2017
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000

    There has been much impassioned debate about the impacts of ‘neoliberal globalisation’, and with it claims that global market forces now determine states’ interests and preferences.  The answer to the question of ‘who governs’ in a globalised world is often: ‘markets’.  But the rise of global corporations means a conceptual focus on the disembodied power of markets, rather than the power embodied in these huge entities, is increasingly problematic.  How should the power of global corporations be best conceived?  Should it be done in political rather than market terms? Are global corporations an extension of the power of their home states?  

    John Mikler is an associate professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.  He researches multinational corporations and their interactions with states, international organisations and civil society. He has published three books and over 30 journal articles and book chapters. His talk is based on his next book, The Political Power of...

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    The Prospects of Syria

    Date Tue, 25 Jul 2017
    Time 18:00 – 19:30
    Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000

    As the Islamic State is gradually forced out of its remaining strongholds in Syria, the future political and societal character of the country will be shaped mainly by a complex mixture of domestic and regional factors and forces. Restoration of full state sovereignty within Syria’s existing borders is a dim and distant prospect. Moreover, in addition to the immediate humanitarian and economic costs of the conflict, the longer-term consequences of the weakened political authority of the Assad regime, and the social dislocation occasioned by six years of conflict and extremist rule in some areas will pose challenges at all levels of Syrian society. Future generations of Syrians will pay a heavy price for the violent events of the past few years.

    We are delighted to welcome Bob Bowker to talk about Syria.

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