2011 Seminars, Conferences and Other Events

Time for action on Sri Lanka war crimes


Where journalism led, will governments follow?

Shelves are groaning with reports by human rights monitors, amassing evidence of atrocities in Sri Lanka’s civil war. Audiences in Australia – and many other countries – have seen the documentary, made by the UK’s Channel Four TV, with its compelling visual material. And yet governments – and international bodies such as the UN and the Commonwealth – hold back from decisive action. What can Australia do? What can journalists do? What can YOU do?

  • Senator Lee Rhiannon, NSW Greens
  • Meena Krishnamurthy, eyewitness to massacre (spoke on ABC 7.30)
  • Professor Wendy Bacon, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (UTS)
  • Brami Jegan, Sri Lanka Human Rights Project, CPACS
  • Chair: Associate Professor Jake Lynch, CPACS

New Law Seminar Room 030, University of Sydney,

Thursday 27 October, 6.00-7.30 pm

More information: arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au 9351 7686

Book Launch

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS)
Cordially invites you for the book launch of two books

Wednesday 28 September 2011
12.30-1.30 pm
Room 107, Mackie Building

Surviving Care: Achieving Justice and Healing for the Forgotten Australians, Bond University Press. Dr Richard Hil and Dr Elizabeth Branigan (editors)

Surviving Care seeks to make a significant contribution to a growing body of work that charts what has happened to former care residents referred to as the Forgotten Australians. It also examines what governments, churches and non-government organisations have done to address the challenges that face this now aging population. While many former residents have gone on to lead productive and fulfilled lives many others have had the opposite experience. Yet what all these people share in common is that they spent time in institutions away from their families, often in very difficult circumstances. Despite a growing number of research studies, reports and autobiographies, we still know remarkably little about the full spectrum of experiences of the Forgotten Australians and the challenges that now face them. The book demonstrates not only that this population was subjected to prolonged structural violence but that it has yet to fully achieve the goals of justice and healing.

Recipes for Survival: Stories of Hope and Healing by Survivors of the State ‘Care’ System in Australia, People’s Voice Publishing. Dr Dee Michell and Priscilla Taylor (editors)

There were an estimated 500,000 Australians during the 20th century who experienced out-of-home ‘care’. They were raised in orphanages, foster families and other types of institutional care. Known collectively as Forgotten Australians, many of their stories have now been told by individuals writing books and posting stories on the internet, by having their stories published in the CLAN newsletter, or by participating in the Forgotten Australians Oral History Project.

This volume tells stories through the lenses of survival and healing. Marjorie Malkog’s beautiful needlework, on the front cover, is a testament to her finding a way to create beauty no matter what the circumstances of her life. The collection continues with 14 other Forgotten Australians recounting their stories and reflecting on the pain of the past and the long journey to healing and happiness. Concluding the collection is the only contributor who is not a Forgotten Australia, but a social worker who has seen many a young person leave ‘care’ and reflects on the practical support they need, and on the learning from them that can be done if only those in authority take the time to listen.

Afghanistan ten years on: time to go? By peace campaigner and former MP, Malalai Joya

Ten years on, there’s no end in sight to the deployment of Australian troops to Afghanistan. For all their courage, commitment and hard work, are they, in overall terms, doing any good?

Malalai Joya is a peace, democracy, women’s rights and development activist, writer and a former MP from Afghanistan. She secretly conducted girl’s classes during the Taliban regime, then served in the National Assembly of Afghanistan from 2005 until early 2007, when she was dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament. She is an outspoken critic of the Karzai administration and the US-led NATO occupation. She has been called the bravest woman in Afghanistan.

Admission free; you will be invited to donate by becoming a Friend of the Sydney Peace Foundation.

Old Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney, Wednesday 7 September, 12.30-2.00 pm

More information: arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au 9351 7686

Link to the video of her speech

Libya, Syria, Yemen: The Right to Intervene; The Responsibility to Protect?

CPACS Director, Associate Professor Jake Lynch, debates the Responsibility to Protect with Alistair Gee, Executive Director of Act for Peace

Contributions to public media by Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of CPACS


  1. September 15, An Inquiry Should Get The Facts Straight
  2. August 4, Crikey, War Crimes in Sri Lanka and Political Options for Australia
  3. July 20, New Matilda, What Did The Gaza Flotilla Achieve?
  4. May 7, Sydney Morning Herald News Review, Answer to the Question: should local councils get involved in foreign policy?
  5. April 7, Crikey, Chewing up the Greens over BDS
  6. April 3 Galus Australis, Time to shine a light on Israel and Palestine
  7. March 21, News Goo, Vodcast offering critical analysis of Australian TV news and current affairs, with guests John Pilger, Hannah Middleton and Antony Loewenstein, in partnership with New Matilda
  8. March 16, New Matilda, Arbib Keeps on Keeping On
  9. February 14, New Matilda, Home Truths About Rudd
  10. February 8, New Matilda, Toeing the Lobby Line


  1. October, The Walkley, ‘Beyond Dualism’
  2. October, Australian letter on Sri Lanka
  3. September, PeaceWrites 2/2010, ‘Responses to the IPRA conference’
  4. September, Crikey, ‘What Australia can learn from Sri Lanka about security’
  5. August, Generation C magazine, ‘What is Peace Journalism?’
  6. July, ‘Communicating Peace’, in IPRA conference brochure
  7. July, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘The world’s first demonstration for peace journalism’
  8. May, New Matilda, ‘The ABC self-censors over Israel’
  9. May, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Peace research and peace activism’
  10. May, Crikey ‘Memo, Cockroach Kev: show some leadership on asylum’
  11. May, Australian Associated Press, Sri Lanka press release, picked up by Sydney Morning Herald, Seven, NineMSN, SBS, ABC
  12. April, Australian Development Gateway, ‘Questions and answers on media, conflict and fragility’
  13. April, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Blatant Victimisation’
  14. April, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Apartheid is alive and well’
  15. April, PeaceWrites 1/2010, ‘IPRA: Communicating Peace to the world’
  16. April, Letter in Australian, on conditions in Sri Lanka
  17. March, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘The war on terrorism and the struggle for context’
  18. March, Media Development 2010/1 (quarterly magazine of the World Association for Christian Communication) ‘Feminising reporting of the war in Afghanistan’
  19. February, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Between Iraq and a hard place’
  20. February, Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend book section, review of Civilising Globalisation by David Kinley
  21. January, Sri Lanka campaign, ‘Peace and justice for the Tamils’


  1. December Open Democracy, ‘Sri Lanka: what happens next?’
  2. December, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Agency and intervention’
  3. November, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Back to basics for Palestinian struggle’
  4. November, New Matilda, ‘Our foreign minister can’t handle the truth’
  5. October, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Updates and Progress’
  6. October, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Arguments against the war in Afghanistan: and a pathway to peace’
  7. October, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Politicide or politic: Gillard and the Gaza muzzle’
  8. October, Crikey, ‘Time to stand up for human rights in Sri Lanka – at last’
  9. September, PeaceWrites 2/2009, ‘A new cultural diversity policy for Australia’
  10. September, New Matilda, ‘Do you ever feel like the walls are closing in’
  11. September, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Who’s being naïve in Afghanistan’
  12. September, New Matilda, ‘Next time, check the facts, Philip’
  13. August, Pressenza international press agency, ‘What goes around, comes around’
  14. August, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Peace journalism for journalists’
  15. August, Pressenza international press agency, ‘Australia’s ABC attempts to justify rise above inflation of military spending’
  16. July, short (seven-minute) film on Peace Convergence for Talisman Sabre ‘war games’
  17. June, Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend book section, ‘Dark dawn’, Review of Plutonium: a history of the world’s most dangerous element, by Jeremy Bernstein and In mortal hands: a cautionary history of the nuclear age, by Stephanie Cooke
  18. June, ABC Unleashed, ‘Up close and spineless’
  19. June Sydney Morning Herald, ‘How America is constantly at war’
  20. June, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘More on the boycott’
  21. May, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Outrage or opposition?’
  22. May, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Civilian populations’
  23. May, Ramallah Online, ‘Why I’m joining the academic boycott of Israel’
  24. May, Online Opinion, ‘Papua’s Plight’
  25. May, Online Opinion, ‘Sri Lanka: reliable accounts’
  26. May, Online Opinion, ‘Humanitarian intervention’
  27. April, PeaceWrites 1/2009, ‘The spread of peace journalism’
  28. April, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘The many and the fugue’
  29. April, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Women’s business?’
  30. March, Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend book section, ‘Two views of the Middle East’, review of Innocent Abroad, by Martin Indyk and Arabian Plights, by Peter Rodgers
  31. March, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘The end of neo-liberalism?’
  32. March, TRANSCEND Media Service, Piercing the Carapace
  33. February, Seikyo Shimbun, ‘Humanitarian competition – a guiding light for our times’
  34. February, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Bringing it home’
  35. February, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘A liberal democracy?’
  36. February, Australian anti-bases campaign coalition, ‘How the special relationship works’
  37. February TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Peace with Justice for Burma’
  38. January, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Symptoms and causes’
  39. January, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Operation cast lead: militarism against human rights and the rule of law’


  1. December, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘Inequality: the new (old) dynamic of conflict’
  2. November, TRANSCEND Media Service, ‘How real is real’
  3. November, Spectrezine, ‘Somalia: Intervention or Complicity?’
  4. October 10, University News magazine, ‘Journalists can give peace a chance’
  5. September, PeaceWrites 2/2008, ‘Review of Invisible Balance of Power, by Sajjad Shaukat’
  6. August, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Our turn to be heard on arms spending’
  7. August, Australian Options magazine, ‘The Phantom Menace – Labor’s Defence Review a blast from the past’
  8. June, Transnational Foundation for Peace and Futures Research, Sweden, ‘Coalition of the Unwilling’
  9. April, PeaceWrites 1/2008, ‘Coalition of the Unwilling’
  10. January, ABC Unleashed, ‘Questions of Peace in War’


  1. October, Canberra Times, ‘Enough of all the way with USA’
  2. September, PeaceWrites 2/2007, ‘Director’s Review’
  3. September, PeaceWrites 2/2007, ‘Review of The Media and the Rwandan Genocide, edited by Allan Thompson’
  4. August, Canberra Times, ‘West Papua – a missed opportunity for diplomacy’
  5. August, Media Development, ‘Issues in the media coverage of terrorism’
  6. July, Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Hope rings out in voices of protest’
  7. April, PeaceWrites 1/2007, ‘Director’s message’
  8. April Apna Watan Vani, (India) ‘Peace Journalism’
  9. February, Canberra Times, ‘Defining independence is critical to new statehood’
  10. January, Australian, ‘Tread warily with Manila’

CPACS’ outstanding research performance in 2010

HERDC (Higher Education Research Data Collection) report on research performance of the School of Social and Political Sciences reveals CPACS’ outstanding research performance for 2010.

The table below shows that CPACS contributed just under 30 points (14%) of the School total of 213. Which, given that CPACS is one of the smallest units within SSPS, with just three full-time academic staff, is a tribute to all concerned – including, notably, our learned and productive cast of Honorary Associates and Visiting Scholars.

These results testify to our continuing and successful engagement with scholarly communities both here in Australia and around the world. And they are an opportunity to remind ourselves of the rich and important work they represent.

Books published in 2010
  • Belinda Helmke, Under Attack: Challenges to the Rules Governing the International Use of Force (Ashgate Publications)
  • Erik Paul, Obstacles to Democratization in Southeast Asia: A Study of the Nation State, Regional and Global Order (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Jake Lynch and Johan Galtung, Reporting Conflict: New Directions in Peace Journalism (University of Queensland Press)
  • Lynda Blanchard and Leah Chan (eds.), Ending War, Building Peace (Sydney University Press)
  • Michael Otterman and Richard Hil with Paul Wilson, Erasing Iraq (Pluto Press)
  • Otto Ondawame, ‘One People, One Soul:’ West Papuan Nationalism and the Organisasi Papua Merdeka (Crawford House Publishing).
HERDC Report of 2010 Publications (CPACS Contribution Only)
Surname Forename Number of Publications Sum of Points*
Belinda Helmke 1 5
Blanchard Lynda-Ann 1 0.5
Hil Richard 1 1.666667
Lambourne Wendy 2 2
Lynch Jake 7 6.938596
Ondawame Otto 1 5
Otterman Michael 1 1.666667
Paul Erik 2 5
Phelps Sandra 1 1
Ramesh Sanjay 5 1
Total CPACS Contribution 22 (out of 318) 29.77193 (out of 212.772721)

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS): Speek by Jake Lynch

CPACS director Jake Lynch has given a speech on The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) camping at an event organized by Leichhardt Friends of Hebron on June 11, 2011.

To watch the speech, click here

ALL Guns Blazing? Detention, riots and government (mis) management

Date: Friday, 17 June 2011
Time: 12.30-2.00
Venue: Room 114, Mackie Building

Admission by Gold Coin Donation to finance public advocacy by Australia’s only Peace Centre!

- Professor Linda Briskman, who was on Christmas Island during recent incidents there as part of her long-term research on the subject
- Lucy Fiske, a PhD candidate at CPACS completing her thesis on refugee resistance to detention, She has interviewed former detainees involved in earlier riots.

They will share eye-witness accounts of detention centre riots and the role played by the government and the media in this charged political environment.

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Date: Thursday 26 May 2011
Time: 4.30-6.00 pm
Venue: Mackie Seminar Room 114, followed by drinks and snacks in the Posters for Peace Gallery til 7 pm.
RSVP: by Wednesday 25 May to Wendy at wendy.lambourne@sydney.edu.au

What career options are available for graduates in Peace and Conflict Studies? How can I find a job if I don't have previous work experience? What opportunities are available for further training, internships and volunteering? Can I do a PhD? How easy is it to get a job with the UN? Can I get work as a peace journalist? How can I become a mediator, nonviolence practitioner or restorative justice convenor? What about community peacebuilding or human rights advocacy or working with refugees?

Come along and find out how other PACS graduates have done it, hear stories and share experiences, suggestions, tips and contacts with guest speakers and alumni intelligence gleaned from Facebook, PeaceWrites and Wendy's institutional memory of the past 10 years of CPACS graduates!

Please come along if you're an alumni wanting to share your experiences and learn from others, a student who is about to graduate or a new student deciding what subjects to take next semester.

What the **ck is going on?*

Are we in an era of war without end?
How can we get out of it?

Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Time: 6.00-8.00 pm
Venue: Old Geology Lecture Theatre

Admission by Gold Coin Donation to finance public advocacy by Australia’s only Peace Centre!

The body of Osama bin Laden lies at the bottom of the sea. Bombers fly over Libya, while troops fire on demonstrators in Yemen and Bahrain, and Israel tries to starve the newly united Palestinians into submission. War intensifies in Afghanistan as Iran looms large in neoconservative cross-hairs and Iraq smoulders from the sociocide committed by the US, Australia and allies. But a new peace movement is emerging… Speakers:

- Michael Otterman, author, American Torture and Erasing Iraq: the Human Costs of Carnage;

- Antony Loewenstein, author, My Israel Question and The Blogging Revolution;

- Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.

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Latest issue of PeaceWrites

Issue 1/2011 of CPACS newsletter PeaceWrites features a articles covering a variety of issues on development, use of force for peace, media laws, and student experiences!

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Human Rights in Western Sahara with Aicha Dahane

Tuesday 17 May 2011, 1- 2.30pm
Education Seminar Room 432, Education Building

Aicha is a Saharawi woman and Human Rights Defender and the sister of prominent Saharawi human rights defender, Brahim Dahane, president of the ASVDH (Saharawi Association for Victims of Human Rights Violations by the Moroccan state). He was arrested and put in prison on 8 October 2009 as one of the “Casablanca 7” Human Rights Defenders arrested for travelling to the Saharawi refugee camps in south west Algeria.

Aicha is from the occupied areas. Because of her role as a Human Rights Defender for Western Sahara while a law student in Rabat and the involvement of her brother in political activism in El Aaiun (capital of occupied Western Sahara) the Moroccan regime exercised serious pressure on her, intimidation and harassment which led to Aicha seeking political asylum in the UK in 2002.

Aicha is in daily contact with her family living in occupied Western Sahara, a life she knows well and which she shared for 28 years. She is the international relations officer for the Forum Future for Saharawi Women.

Further information contact: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
Tel. 02 9351 7686 or email: arts_cpacs@sydney.edu.au

Japan in the World: Shidehara Kijūrō, Pacifism, and the Abolition of War

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A Book Review
by Dr Erik Paul, Part-time lecturer and Vice-President of CPACS

Dr Erik Paul reviews the two volumes of Klaus Schlichtmann's Japan in the World: Shidehara Kijūrō, Pacifism, and the Abolition of War. The book review provides more than what is expected in a review. It provides a historical and cultural context, links the debate on pacifism to Japan's history and current role in international politics.

A shorter version of this review appears in issue 1/2011 of PeaceWrites. Here we make available the complete and informative review.

Mediation Theory and Practice 6- 10 June 2011

facilitated by Abe Quadan, Master of Dispute Resolution, Nationally Accredited Mediator and Trainer, Restorative Justice Practitioner and former Youth Justice Conference Convenor.

This course will focus on the theory and practical application of facilitation, communication and conflict resolution/mediation skills. You will learn about various models of mediation and will become skilled in the stages of mediation through role plays and simulation exercises.

Successful completion of the course will lead towards accreditation as a Nationally Accredited Mediator. We will provide you with details at the course about how to pursue national accreditation.

This 5-day course will provide you with:
 a structure for conducting mediations
 identify and utilise the skills of a mediator
 a framework on which to enhance and build further skills.

At the end of this course you should be able to plan and set up a mediation session and manage the various stages of the process competently. You will also be aware of the skills and strategies required for all stages of the process.

The course also provides participants with an excellent conceptual framework and general skills such as active listening, appropriate assertiveness, communication, impartiality, teamwork etc. which could be utilised at work and in their personal life.

COST: $ 1500.00 GST Inclusive


Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Mackie Building, KO1, University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Tel 9351 7686
Arts CPACS arts.cpacs@usyd.edu.au

Abe Quadan – 0412460373