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Emerging Scholars Series

Published 12 Jul 2017

The AIIA launched the Emerging Scholars series promoting the work of young researchers in international affairs in November 2007.

The inaugural volume includes reports on a variety of areas including the role of Australian peacekeeping in East Timor, Australian-Indonesian public diplomacy, Australia and the South Pacific, the role of global Institutes of International Affairs, a Comparison of Globalisation in Australia and Vietnam, an APEC Free Trade Area and the China-India relationship and its implications for Australia.

The 2008/2009 volume features papers on the potential role for Australia as an intermediary between China and the United States, the effects of UNHCR policy on Burmese refugees living in Thailand, the experiences of youth involved in the dispute over Kashmir, the cultural dimension of the recent conflict in Georgia, and a comparison between multicultural policies in Australia and Singapore. This volume also includes an analysis of Australian foreign policy under recent governments of varying political persuasions, a report on the structures and norms of democratic states and a paper on the challenges faced by the UN Security Council in the twenty first century.

The 2009-2010 volume contains chapters on the capabilities of the International Criminal Court in Africa, civil society in Thailand, links between political ideologies and the media in the two Koreas, the role of global civil society in wealth distribution, international reactions to terrorism through history, the meaning of normalisation for Japan, how private military contractors engage international humanitarian laws, what modern-day state actions fall under the list of prohibited uses of force, and whether the term “victory” can be applied to the US in Iraq.

The 2010-11 volume includes pieces on the application of international humanitarian law to terrorism, the difficulties of distinguishing between combatants and civilians in asymmetrical warfare, the potential nexus between organised crime and terrorism in Papua New Guinea, illegal immigration in the Asia Pacific and Mediterranean, the expanding role of information and communications technology in international human rights advocacy, public diplomacy at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, morality and national interest in aid policy, a social development and human rights approach to crime prevention, the dynamics of the US-Australia relationship and the future of the Arctic.

The 2011-12 volume includes papers on energy security, food security, nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, the role of the media in democratic participation in Indonesia, Shari’a law in Aceh, human security in West Papua, Iran’s strategic interests, the Shi’a political movement in Lebanon, counterterrorism, digital diplomacy and the UN Security Council’s decision-making regarding intervention in Libya and Syria.

The 2013 volume includes papers on the Scottish Independence referendum, security in the Indo-Pacific, nationalism in the Philippines, the India-Pakistan dynamic, minerals and aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the role of discourse in diplomacy, international organisations the IMF and WTO, private military firms, illegal immigration and the role of second track dialogue in the Australia-China relationship. For the first time, the 2013 volume is edited by former interns Mhairi Cowden, Eva Entenmann and Alix Kearney.

The 2014 volume features papers on women in conflict resolution, South Asian regional cooperation, the implications of Australia’s Jihadist Contribution to Syria and Iraq, religious-nationalist actors in secular democracies such as Turkey and Israel, as well as revisiting legitimate authority in the Just War tradition.

The 2015 volume features papers on India’s role in Africa, Chinese cyber espionage, people smuggling, human rights and development, Japan’s growing assertiveness, private security companies, Balkan enlightenment, Australia’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council, the political economy of development in Central Africa, the implications of the North West Shelf Venture on Australia-China relations, peacekeeping operations in Somalia, and how the International Criminal Court responds to Sharia punishments.

To order a hardcopy of the 2014 edition of Emerging Scholars or for further information, please contact the AIIA National Office on (02) 6282 2133.

All volumes are available to download:

Emerging Scholars 2015



Emerging Scholars 2011-2012

Emerging Scholars 2010-2011

Emerging Scholars 2009-2010

Emerging Scholars 2008-2009

Emerging Scholars 2007

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