News from the Department
The 2014 Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association is meeting from Sunday 29th September until Wednesday 1st October 2014 in the New Law School at the University of Sydney.
The Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) invites you to the second annual Festival of Democracy, hosted at the University of Sydney from the 24th to the 27th of September. Four full days of talks, debates, workshops, art and cinema will focus on the formidable practical challenges confronting democracy across the globe. SDN invites the general public to join the discussion on a range of tough issues: disaffection with political parties and the democratic process; the lack of public accountability of Australia’s extractive industries; corruption and political instability in China; the crisis in representative democracy; how democracy functions in the face of economic and social inequality; and the rise of anti-democratic regimes. Speakers and sessions will cover regions as diverse as the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.
Docos for Politicos film series is presented by the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA), headlining this year A EUGENE JARECKI RETROSPECTIVE.
Docos for Politicos film series is an initiative of the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre (USSC).
Professor James Der Derian discusses historian Barbara Tuchman's book on the WWI "The Guns of August" on ABC Radio
Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August was a suprisingly popular book that won the Pulitzer prize after its publication in 1962. in it, Tuchman describes in great detail the opening events of the WWI conflict. So, what were the effects and lessons learned from this major world event? CISS Director, Professor James Der Derian, was interviewed about the significance of The Guns of August for contemporary global politics. Margaret MacMillan, Professor of History at St. Anthony's College in Oxford, and Anthony D'Agostino, Professor of History at San Francisco State University, were also among those interviewed.
Professor James Der Derian Interview on "A battle for hearts and minds: Who's winning Gaza's social media war?"
Gaza conflict: All the latest news and developments As violence continues in Gaza, social media has become a secondary battleground, with both Israel and Hamas using Twitter to get their messages across. But who is winning the social media war?
“Global Challenges, Reluctant Publics? The Role of Public Opinion in International Cooperation on Crucial Global Issues.”
Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa, a Graduate from Japan’s National Defense Academy, will share his many years of experience to bring a contemporary view of the security environment and the national security challenges facing Japan and the rest of East Asia.
Keeping good science from going bad: Preventing the malicious use of life science and biotechnology[6 August 2014]
Dr Gerald L. Epstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Biological, Chemical, Nuclear, and Radiological Policy, US Department of Homeland Security
Welcome Dr Aiko Wagner and Dr Marc Helbling[24 July 2014]
The Sydney Democracy Network enjoys international linkages with with several institutions, including Germany's leading social science research institute, the WZB. One of the highlights of the linkage is the postdoctoral fellowship exchange. We are pleased to welcome the 2014 visiting postdoctoral fellows from Berlin, Dr Aiko Wagner and Dr Marc Helbling.