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16
Oct
2017

Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures - a joint EU Centres conference

Many observers are professing increasing scepticism about the future of the European Union (EU). The lingering economic malaise, the exit of the United Kingdom and the apparent divisions between western and central European Member States seems to undermine the capacity of the EU to offer credible options for addressing the challenges that European citizens experience. The tensions, at times open conflict in the European neighbourhood, add to a...Read more

20
Jun
2017

ANCLAS book launch, Brazil in the World: The International Relations of a South American Giant

Book launch presented by the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) Tuesday 20 June, 4:00pm Launched by Dr John Minns Author Dr Sean W Burges Location L.J. Hume Centre, Copland Building (24) 1st Floor, Room 1171 Corner of Childers Street and University Avenue, ANU Burges argues that Brazil is pursuing a foreign policy agenda designed to challenge and transform, but not overturn existing patterns of global structural power...Read more

08
Jun
2017

Europe and the Great Powers: Playing our Trump Cards

Professor Dr Sven Biscop obtained his degree in political science/public administration at Ghent University, winning the best thesis award for his work on European defence. Subsequently awarded the Paul-Henri Spaak PhD scholarship of the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders, his dissertation was published as Euro-Mediterranean Security: A Search for Partnership (Ashgate, 2003). Currently his research and teaching focus on the strategies of...Read more

06
Jun
2017

Data Protection Regulation in the EU: Impact on Australia and non-European jurisdictions

The European Union’s regulatory framework for protection of personal data is undergoing major reform. It is a framework which many regard as setting a benchmark for “best practice” globally, significantly shaping the regulatory policy of non-European countries, including Australia. As part of the process, the EU recently adopted a General Data Protection Regulation to be applied from May 2018, replacing the current 1995 Directive on data...Read more

31
May
2017

Navigating the convoluted trade architectures: ‘Preference ordering’ for Australia and post-Brexit UK

The proliferation of overlapping mega-regional trade agreements has transformed the global trade landscape from one characterised by a clear‑cut choice between regionalism and multilateralism, to one that is defined by the complex interplay among multiple trade regimes, with outcomes shaping and reshuffling government’s trade policy preferences. Australia’s participation in the Trans‑Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive...Read more

25
May
2017

Compulsory Voting Rules, Reluctant Voters and Ideological Proximity Voting

Political theorists have argued that democracies should strive for high turnout, leading to an argument for the introduction of compulsory voting, one of the surest ways to increase turnout. Others have warned that this obligation comes at a cost of lower quality votes. We investigate these claims by examining the impact of compulsory voting on proximity voting. First, we examine individuals’ voting behavior in three countries with strong...Read more

18
May
2017

Panel Discussion: Post-Eurovision Blues

Co-hosted by the University of Sydney, the ANU Centre for European Studies, the University of New South Wales and the Ukraine Democracy Initiative Why is Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC)? The Guinness World Book of Records named the ESC the longest-running music competition in the history of modern broadcasting. It is certainly the biggest non-sports event in global television, targeting over 1 billion viewers in 2017. Started in...Read more

18
May
2017

Populism and Press Freedom

What is the relationship between populist rule and the freedom of the press? Populists are personalistic leaders who seek to gain and retain power by establishing unmediated links with mass constituencies, who are otherwise relatively free of existing party and institutional ties. Populists rely heavily on the media to mobilize popular support and thus face strong incentives to control and dominate the press. Using a new dataset on populist rule...Read more

13
May
2017

Cultural Representations of Transnational Childhoods: European-Australian-American Perspectives

It is assumed in Western culture that children have a natural need for a stable and safe domestic and familial environment (Holloway & Valentine 2000). Yet research reveals that the number of children whose everyday lives have been marked by mobility and the risks it entails is increasing substantially (Ní Laoire et al. 2010). Child-centered migration studies show that children often become actors in the immigration process as they negotiate...Read more

11
May
2017

ANCLAS Round Table - Language rights for indigenous and tribal peoples

Language rights for indigenous and tribal peoples Round table presented by the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, ANU and the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) Thursday 11 May, 6:30pm Speakers Prof Jane Simpson Prof Liliana Sánchez Prof Marcus Maia Norah Xueqing Zhong Location Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank) Haydon-Allen Building # 22, ANU Indigenous languages across the world continue to have a...Read more

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