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King Vajiralongkorn and the new political landscape

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 threeday celebration from 4-6 May 2019). During this interval, Vajiralongkorn made known of his political ambition.

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Addressing commercial influence and power imbalance in intersectoral governance

The noncommunicable disease (NCD) crisis in the Pacific is in close correlation with the increased demand and supply of unhealthy commodities in the region. Yet the governments of Pacific Island Countries struggle with regulating these goods, because commercial influence fragments, captures and limits policy makers. In her Mid-Term Review presentation, Dori Patay will present the early findings of her PhD research and will demonstrate the ways the persuading power of health can be strengthened in intersectoral policy making.
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Protection from Refuge

In this seminar, Kate presents her doctoral research on the role courts play in one of the most significant problems facing the international refugee protection regime: that the places in which people seek refuge are often as dangerous and bleak as the conditions they fled. Kate’s case studies across four continents indicate that legal decision-makers have, at times, played a powerful role in facilitating refugees’ journeys in search of sanctuary but have ultimately compounded the difficulties inherent in finding genuine refuge.
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International Hierarchy, Legitimacy, and the Founding of Joseon Korea

How is hierarchy created and maintained in international politics? This seminar examines the role of legitimacy in the formation of hierarchical order in international relations, drawing on historical insights from Joseon Korea’s relations with Ming China – widely considered to have been the “model tributary relationship.” Specifically, Lee explores a series of decisions made by Joseon’s founding fathers vis-à-vis the Ming in the late 14th and 15th centuries, in the two-level dual authority situation that existed between Joseon kings and Ming emperors.

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Hirashasan: Ruling diamonds in the realm of Gonds – Adda Seminar

District administration of Panna in Madhya Pradesh state in India use the term Hirashasan for the rules that govern the mining and trade of diamonds. Extracting diamonds from the ground in Panna encompasses diverse extractive practices including those by Ramu, an indigenous Gond. However, unlike the Hirashasan office, Ramu’s diamonds inhabit an uncertain realm between modern and the mythical, and are neither magic nor commodities in their entirety.

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Testing the Nuclear Stability - Instability Paradox Using Synthetic Control Method

Does acquisition of nuclear weapons by security rivals increase their level of conventional militarised conflict? Some recent theoretical and quantitative work has supported the ‘stability-instability paradox’, the proposition that while nuclear weapons deter nuclear war, they may also provide the conditions for nuclear-armed rivals to increase conventional military conflict with each other.
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The Ethics of the Alternatives to War: From Sanctions to Nonviolence

It is widely held that war should be eschewed and that nonviolent alternatives should be pursued. For instance, various pacifist approaches assert that war is impermissible and we should adopt nonviolent alternatives. Just War Theory asserts that war should meet the comparative principles of last resort or necessity in jus ad bellum, which highlight to some extent the moral importance of considering the alternatives to war.

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From Norm Contestation to Norm Implementation: Recursivity and the Responsibility to Protect

This presentation responds to the burgeoning norms literature in International Relations (IR) that conceptualises the norm life-cycle as a non-linear dynamic process that is open to contestation and change of ‘meanings in use’. There are limitations to this second generation of norms theory, most crucially in the identification of agency and process through which dialogue occurs and change is enacted.

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