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How We Misread Hitler - Review of Australia and Appeasement: Imperial Foreign Policy and the Origins of World War II

Imagine reading the inside story about government decisions on world politics. Imagine having sources which make public the private schemes of government power-brokers, often so far removed from managed political relations favoured by competing politicians. War is never an easy topic to write about, yet Walters has the scholarly gifts to do justice to this important history of Australia's international relations.Read more

Politics with Purpose: Occasional Observations on Public and Private Life

It is a sad irony that the Australian media's coverage of Lindsay Tanner's latest book Politics with purpose: occasional observations of public and private life focused almost exclusively on the ongoing tensions in the Labor Party over the toppling of Kevin Rudd, and his less-than-flattering assessment of the party's current state. Since leaving Parliament in 2010 Tanner has repeatedly said that the reduction of our national politics to a...Read more

Political Theatre

Like most political scientists, if I were capable of doing something more interesting I would be doing it. In my case, the alternative career would probably involve music. As it happens, I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. However, that shortcoming has left me with a great fondness for musical theatre – and a profound admiration for people who are capable of creating and performing it. Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered that a surprise...Read more

Author/Editor: Frank Baber
Publication Date: September 2012
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ANUCES Roundtable Summary: Russia and the Indo-Pacific

On Wednesday 1st August 2012 the Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies held an invitation-only Roundtable on trends in Russia and their implications for the Indo-Pacific region. The Roundtable aimed to support preparation for the September 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok. It brought together prominent academic experts and senior public servants with strong relevant backgrounds to discuss...Read more

Asylum Policy in the EU: The Case for Deeper Integration

Over the last decade the locus of policy-making towards asylum seekers and refugees has shifted away from national governments and towards the EU as the Common European Asylum Policy has developed. Most of the focus has been on the harmonisation of policies relating to border control, the processing of asylum claims and reception standards for asylum seekers. But this still falls far short of a fully integrated EU-wide policy. This paper...Read more

The Ocean Currents of EU Financial Regulatory Reform: Irish Periscope, International Waters

The EU integrated single market vision, which has dominated the EU financial regulatory process, may be traced to the mid-60s. Of more recent time its rationale has centred upon economic growth, where the financial services industry is a prominent market vehicle. However, the global financial crisis and its ongoing aftermath, where Ireland suffered greatly, necessitated regulatory reform calls and actions. Under the G20 global umbrella the EU...Read more

France, the EU and the South Pacific

As the date approaches for one of France’s Pacific entities, New Caledonia, to vote on its status for the future, it is worth reflecting on one of the wider contributions that France’s sovereign presence has made to the South Pacific region, that of the presence of the EU. At a time of changing strategic balances in the South Pacific region and pressure on European budgets, this paper analyses the role of France in shaping the current engagement...Read more

New Patterns of European Migration: A Broad View from a Multidisciplinary Perspective

The paper offers a perspective on the evolution of migration processes in post-WWII Europe. The concept of “migration cycle” is introduced to provide theoretical underpinnings for the analysis of the often complex relationship between migration and the state. This relationship becomes particularly complex when former net emigration countries transform their (migration) “status” to that of net immigration. Accordingly, three groups of European...Read more

Author/Editor: Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Magdalena Lesińska, Marek Okólski
Publication Date: August 2012

Harmonising Private Law in the European Union: Past, Present and Future

The European Union (EU) has so far taken only hesitant steps towards the development of an autonomous, Europe-wide regime of private law. Initiatives have focused on equality/nondiscrimination and consumer protection, the latter manifested in Directives on (for example) the sale of consumer goods, unfair contract terms and product liability. The legal basis for such reforms is limited and frequently disputed. Yet private law remains a focus of...Read more

New Alliances: Australia and Europe in a G20 World

This briefing paper contains the text of the Robert Schuman lecture, given by Mr Alastair Walton on 23 May 2012 at the Australian National University. The annual lecture celebrates the remarkable achievements of European integration since its modest beginnings in the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, announced in a declaration by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman. The 2012 lecture noted that in an increasingly globalised world,...Read more


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