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Why do we support Donald Trump? The perverse consequences of alliance politics

Donald Trump is possibly the most unpredictable, unprepared, and temperamentally unsuited person ever to be elected president of the US. Even his own political party is aghast at some of his actions. The familiar basis of US regional engagement that has been in place for half a century may be replaced by a more ‘transactional’ approach to foreign policy that places ‘America’s national interest’ ahead of all others. Yet Australia’s political and strategic elites continue to offer largely uncritical support for the alliance in general and even for Trump himself.

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The First Political Order: Some Preliminary Results from a Minerva Initiative-Funded Research Project

In 2014, we were awarded a Minerva Initiative grant from the US Department of Defense to investigate empirically the relationship between the security of women and the security of states. This presentation will lay out our theoretical framework, describe our data collection and scaling efforts, and present our preliminary (i.e., bivariate) findings.

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Economic Ideas in Political Time: The Crisis of Neoliberalism and Rise of a New Nationalism?

Over the past century, economic policy orders – rooted in ideas that shape interests – have spanned the Progressive, Keynesian, and Neoliberal eras, marked by periods of prolonged growth and stability. Yet, over time, these orders have each been destabilized in crises spanning the Great Depression, Great Stagflation, and Global Financial Crisis. While scholars have often stressed the role of ideas as a source of stability, I argue that ideas can also cause instability and crisis.

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Can Might Make Right? Grotian Rules of Regulation in International Relations

In this seminar, I investigate one of the most puzzling claims of international-relations realism: namely that, given anarchy, ‘might makes right’. I first distinguish it from descriptive and meta-normative propositions with which it is commonly conflated, before explaining why it is worth probing. Most significantly, ‘might makes right’ promises to help elucidate criticism of fact-independent ‘ideal theory’ in the tradition of Rawls. I then explore two arguments in its favour through a stylised reading of Grotius.

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Norm Diffusion and Discursive (Re)production: Women's Participation in Peace and Security Governance at the UN

In this seminar, I take a feminist discourse-theoretical approach to the phenomenon that has been termed ‘norm diffusion’ in order to explore, first, how norms can be understood as themselves the product of discursive contestation; second, in what ways norm diffusion can be recast as the reproduction/resistance of dominant or hegemonic discourse in particular institutional settings; and, third, how and in what ways discourse theory can render visible the subject-positions that are created through ‘norm diffusion’ when it is analysed as discursive reproduction.

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The Future of Global Health Governance under the Trump Administration

The robust growth of global health governance over the past 30 years has signalled the importance attached to global health within international society. The election of Donald Trump in the United States, though, has raised serious questions about what global health governance will look like going forward and whether the United States will back away from its leading role within these systems.

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Power, Restraint, and China’s Rise

Please note that this is a book manuscript review seminar: two chapters from the manuscript will be circulated ten days in advance and taken as read by participants. Please register for the event to receive the chapters in advance.

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Climate Change and Ecological Security

There is increasing engagement with the relationship between climate change and security in international relations thought and practice. Yet the nature of this engagement differs significantly, illustrating radically different conceptions of the nature of the threat posed, to whom and (most importantly) what constitute appropriate policy responses. These different climate security discourses encourage practices as varied as national adaptation strategies and globally-oriented mitigation action.
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Individual Petitions before the Thai Constitutional Court 2007-2014

Abstract:  In 2007 with the coming into force of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand B.E. 2550 (2007) individuals whose rights and freedoms were violated were, for the first time, given a limited right to petition the Constitutional Court. In 2012, as a result of an expansive court interpretation of a separate constitutional provision, individuals whose rights were not violated were also given rights to petition the court in some circumstances.

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Bill initiation, party control, and civil society in South Korea

In this seminar Dr Nemoto investigates the rapid increase of bills initiated by South Korea's National Assembly members.

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