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Public Forum: ‘Anzac – why does it last?’

SPEAKER: Prof Joan Beaumont (Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU) author of the acclaimed Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War

WHEN: Tuesday 5th August - 6.00pm for 6.30pm start

WHERE: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Sydney University

The forum will consist of a lecture by Prof Joan Beaumont followed by a Q&A session. The Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign will be launched at the start of the event.

Entry by donation. Event co-hosted by Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) and the Global Social Justice Network. Inquiries: Jon 0418 864 907 or Website:

Link to the poster

What's happening in Gaza?

Why? And what can we do about it?

Old Geology Lecture Theatre, Mon 4th August, 6.00-7.30pm


  • Associate Professor Peter Slezak, Australia Palestine Advocacy Network
  • Alma Torlakovic, Sydney Staff for BDS
  • Shamikh Badra, CPACS student from Gaza
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch (CPACS)
  • Suzanne Asad, Students for Justice in Palestine

See poster for more details

The Peace Activist's Journey

Welcome All to our April Panel Session on the theme 'The Peace Activist's Journey'

Thursday 24 April, 2 pm - 5.30 pm, Room 114, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), University of Sydney, Arundel Street, Forest Lodge, Glebe

Our Special Guest Presenter at this Session will be Dr Marty Branagan, Coordinator of the University of New England (UNE - Armidale NSW) Peace Studies Centre - the only other Peace Studies Centre than CPACS in Australia.

Marty has engaged most actively in so many human rights and social justice campaigns it would be difficult to list these in a short e-mail message.

He lectures in Peace Studies at the School of Humanities at UNE, and only ever visits Sydney briefly.

So we are most fortunate to have Marty with us for this truly Special Event !

Paul Duffill, who has a Master of Letters from CPACS, and has been involved in various critical peace activist and human rights campaigns nationally and internationally, will also present at the Session. Paul has presented in social psychology, conflict resolution and human rights activism and Aikido fields at the University of Sydney, the University of Otago, and Erasmus University in the Hague.

Dr Anne Noonan, former President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom NSW and the Sydney Jung Society, will provide a Session Overview and Commentary on the presentations.

Anne remains a Dear Friend of our Community Project team members and UNAA - NSW, especially assisting us greatly in support and advice for the prospect of an ethics analysis initiative - an Intent and Motives Analysis Centre - being established in 1996.

Martyn King, our long-time Community Project team member and campaigner for various causes particularly throughout the 1990s in Australia, will be back with us for this event from Thailand, where he lives and teaches these days.

So Martyn will join us as our Primary Discussant.

We may also have other Discussants at the event.

While, of course, there will be ample opportunities for Open Dialogue on the theme, and contributions from those who attend will be encouraged.

This will be our first Panel Session for 2014, which we are arranging through the truly appreciated auspices of the University of Sydney Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), together with the United Nations Association of Australia - NSW Branch, our permanent auspicing organisation.

Our contemporary volatile universal Life Journey requires ever considerable demands on our activists to ensure proceedings keep rolling, and to keep the faith in mutual solidarity.

What is the effect of this on the lives of our peace activists ?

How are we able to truly appreciate their distinctive vital personal contribution(s), diversity and destiny in the context of our ever changing world situation ?

Such character attributes as compassion and passion, authenticity, purpose, collaboration, affiliation, dialogue, equanimity, solidarity, mutuality, respect and appreciation, epitomise some of the many evident facets of such a noble struggle.


People for Nuclear Disarmament (PND)
The Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) and
The Human Survival Project (HSP) at CPACS

invite you to a panel/forum:


Panel: John Hallam, Peter King
Discussants: James Der Derian, Frank Hutchinson
Chair: Anne Noonan (MAPW NSW)

Time: 4-5.30pm
Date: Friday 9 August (Nagasaki Day) 2013
Place: Seminar Room 114/CPACS Posters for Peace Gallery, Mackie Building, University of Sydney, Arundel St, Forest Lodge (across the Parramatta Rd footbridge from main campus)

There will be refreshments after the forum in the CPACS Posters for Peace Gallery.

Synopsis: A critical survey of the continuing threat to human survival of inadvertent or other warfare involving massive nuclear weapons use; the new debate around 'catastrophic consequences' of nuclear weapons, and the new disarmament agenda at the United Nations.


Peter King, former President and Director of CPACS, and John Hallam together convene the CPACS/PND 'Human Survival Project'. Both attended the most recent Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Prepcom meeting in Geneva last May. Peter floated there the idea of building anti-nuclear campaigning and theorizing around the (still ever-imminent) danger of human extinction, and John was instrumental in the recent adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution on Operational Readiness of Nuclear Weapons. Frank Hutchinson is a member of the CPACS Council and the HSP Steering Group. Professor James Der Derian is Director of the Centre for International Security Studies at Sydney University, author of Virtuous War (the book) and Project Z: The Final Global Event (the movie).

Contact/RSVP [not essential]: (0422 647 025)
Also: (0416-500-793)


* The Palais des Nations, Geneva

Literature and Peace: Peacemaking in the Fiction of Michael Ondaatje, Graham Swift, and Ian McEwan

The history of war is as long as that of human beings, and the consequences of war have increased with time. While peace cannot be defined easily, the difficulties do not reduce its importance. Peace is a dream for numerous writers and other people around the world. The three novels of this research project belong to the second part of Hsu’s study on the issue of literature and peace. Here he focuses on Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table, Swift’s Wish You Were Here, and McEwan’s Chesil Beach, and argues that The Cat’s Table is about hospitality and the construction of a peaceful community, Wish You Were Here is about how people can set themselves free from the war on terror, and Chesil Beach is about misunderstanding, and how a love ethic can contribute to peaceful co-existence. Because of Alain Badiou’s interest in the neglected elements in a situation and the eruption of the new, his understanding of events is the major theoretical framework subtending this study.

Speaker: Professor Shou-Nan Hsu

Shou-Nan Hsu, professor in the Department of English at National University of Tainan, Taiwan, is currently the chairperson of the department. His major interests are minority literature, literary criticism, and contemporary philosophy.

Wednesday 7 August 2013, 12.30 – 2.00 pm
Woolley Common Room, University of Sydney

For more information email or call (02) 9351 7686


Maria Raquel Freire
University of Coimbra

A seminar co-hosted by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

This session will discuss the role of the United Nations (UN)
in the peacebuilding process in Timor-Leste, looking at the
differentiated presences of the UN and how it has contributed
(or not) to the consolidation of the state. Adopting a critical
approach regarding the UN interventionist model, it is argued
that predefined models of intervention are limited in face of
challenging contexts. The integration of the local dimension
in peacebuilding processes, and the definition of ways of
articulation between formal and informal policies and practices
are fundamental. The case of Timor-Leste will serve as an
illustration of the challenges faced, lessons learned and
possible ways ahead.

Maria Raquel Freire is a researcher at the Centre for Social
Studies and tenured professor of International Relations
at the School of Economics of the University of Coimbra.
Her research interests focus on peace studies, particularly
peacekeeping and peacebuilding; foreign policy, international
security, Russia and the post-Soviet space.

Monday 29 July 2013

Mackie Seminar Room 114
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Sydney

T +61 2 9114 0953

Why are Sri Lankan Tamils seeking refuge in Australia?

‘Terrorism’ in Middle Eastern Journalism

How are the phenomena labeled in the West as ‘terrorism’ defined and debated in local media outlets in Afghanistan, Iran, Middle East and North Africa?

Nushin Arbabzadah

Nushin Arbabzadah is a lecturer in International Area Studies at the UCLA International Institute and a Research Scholar at the Center for the Study of Women, also at UCLA. A former BBC journalist, she is the author of several books including Afghan Rumour Bazaar (Hurst Publishers, 2013).

In it, she reveals the everyday absurdities of lives framed against the backdrop of a savage war. Among the individuals, fables and dilemmas are ‘Why are Imams Telling Us About Nail Polish?’, ‘Afghanistan’s Jewish Heritage’, ‘The Resurgence of Afghanistan's Spiritual Bazaar’, and Malalai of Maiwand, who turned her headscarf
into a banner and led a successful rebellion against the British.

Mackie Building Rm 107, Weds March 27, 12.30 - 2.00 pm

For more information:

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Ten years to the day since the invasion of Iraq began......

What did the anti-war protests achieve?

  • Donna Mulhearn, Peace activist and Human Shield, just returned from latest visit to Iraq.
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney.

Also featuring: World premiere of

Lion Hearts

A short film by Nuts and Balts Media, reflecting with Australian peace activists from 2003.

New Law Building LT 024, Weds March 20, 5.00 - 6.30 pm

For more information:

For further details and to view the poster, please click here

"The Forgotten Palestinians" with Professor Ilan Pappe

Professor Ilan Pappe,
Director of Middle East Studies, University of Exeter

Sunday September 16th @ 4:00pm,

Eastern Avenue Auditorium,
University of Sydney

Celebrated Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe whose landmark publication, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” documented the planned removal of 700,000 Palestinians from their lands in 1948, has also written of “The Forgotten Palestinians”, those who still live within Israel’s borders.

This is the first event of Professor Pappe’s 2012 Australian lecture tour.

It is hosted by the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney with the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Leichhardt Friends of Hebron.

Professor Pappe is in Australia as the guest of AFOPA to deliver the annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture at the University of Adelaide.

New Media, New Journalism: Challenges and Opportunities

When:13 September 2012

Where:Senate Room, Quadrangle, University of Sydney

About the Speakers:
(in order of appearance)

  • Professor Robert A Hackett is Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; co-director of NewsWatch Canada, and co-founder of the (Canadian) Campaign for Democratic Media. His recent works include Remaking media: the struggle to democratise public communication. Prof Hackett serves on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies and four other
    journals in the field.
  • Dr Penny O’Donnell is Senior Lecturer in International Media and Journalism at the University of Sydney. Her most recent publication, Journalism at the Speed of Bytes (2012), co-authored with David McKnight (UNSW) and Jonathan Este (Walkley Foundation), examines the future of Australian newspapers.
  • Dr Alana Mann is a Lecturer in the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. Her PhD Framing Food Sovereignty: A Study of Social Movement Communication was completed in 2011. Her current research focuses on non-state actor engagement in international food policy networks.
  • Professor Gerard Goggin chairs the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. His books include New Technologies and the Media (2012), Mobile Technology and Place (2012), Global Mobile Media (2011), and Cell Phone Culture (2006).
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch is Director of CPACS and Secretary General of IPRA. He is the most published and frequently cited author in Peace Journalism.
  • Professor Wendy Bacon is a journalist and media researcher with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS; a Pacific Media Centre at the Auckland University of Technology board member and a contributing editor to New Matilda and Pacific Journalism Review.
  • Professor John Keane is Director of the newly created Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney. He is the author of a full-scale history of democracy, The Life and Death of Democracy (2009) and (forthcoming) Democracy in the Age of Media Decadence.

Contact for more information

Click here to download the brochure.

How safe is your future? The urgent need to take 2,000 nuclear weapons off high alert

Colonel Valery Yarynich, (ret.)
30-year veteran, Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces

Colonel Valery helped to design and bring into operation the 'Perimitr' or 'Dead Hand' 'doomsday machine'.

Now he’s part of the worldwide campaign to lift a threat held over from the Cold War, which sees 2,000 nuclear weapons still on ‘high alert’, ready to launch within minutes.

This keeps us in peril of a nuclear conflagration being triggered by human or system error. Colonel Valery has demonstrated through computer modelling of 100 possible nuclear war scenarios that ‘de-alerted’ weapons are safer than those kept on high alert.

Seminar Room 030, New Law School Building,
Wednesday 8 August, 4.00 – 6.00 pm

More information: 9351 7686

Event marks the launch of CPACS’ new Human Survival Project

Over here: US Marines – and what else?

‘The quiet but extraordinary growth in Australia-US military and intelligence cooperation in the last decade’

An event in the ongoing collaboration between the Sydney Peace Foundation and Medical Association for the Prevention of War, equipping the Australian community to resist militarism.


Professor Richard Tanter: Director of the Nautilus Institute and expert observer of the new ‘joint facilities’ – of which the ‘permanent rotation’ of US Marines, at Darwin’s Robertson Barracks, is just the most visible.

Associate Professor Jake Lynch: Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Executive Council member of the Sydney Peace Foundation

Mackie Building Room 114, Thurs July 26, 6.00 - 7.30 pm

Followed by refreshments in CPACS Gallery. For more information:

Is Democratic Global Governance Possible?: A Symposium

CPACS, World Citizens Association (Australia) and Institute for Global Peace and Sustainable Governance invite you to the symposium "Is Democratic Global Governance Possible?” The symposium includes presentations by six speakers and panel discussions. Our feature speaker is Senator Bob Brown.

Date: June 15, 2012
Time: 8.45am -1.00pm
Venue: Old Geology lecture Theater, Edgeworth David Building, University of Sydney

For further details and to view the poster, please Click here
For the program, please Click here

UNRWA Commissioner General in a Public Talk at CPACS

CPACS and Sydney Peace Foundation will be hosting a public meeting with UNRWA Commissioner General Filippo Grandi. The meeting will address the role of UNRWA in relation to providing services to Palestine refugees, with time for questions.

Date: May 29, 2012
Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm
Venue: Room 107, Mackie Building, Arundel St, University of Sydney

All welcome!

The United Nations Security Council: Its Veto Power and Its Reform

CPACS has recently published its first working paper for 2012 entitled “The United Nations Security Council: Its Veto Power and Its Reform” by Sahar Okhovat. The paper was jointly published by CPACS and Major Issues and Theology Foundation.

Please chick here for full text.

Kony 2012: Beyond the Hype

Thursday 22 March 2012
4 – 6 pm
Room 275, Carslaw Building, University of Sydney

“The media have become the social space where power is decided.”
- Manuel Castells

Speakers: Professor Robert Cumming (Public Health) & Dr Wendy Lambourne (CPACS), both recently returned from Northern Uganda

Panelists: Dr Richard Okello (UNSW), Atem Atem (ANU)
James Tonny Dhizaala (USYD), and others

Admission is free, all welcome, please spread the word!

For more information email or
or call the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (02) 9351 7686

Daring to Trust: Making Friends against the Odds in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Palestinian - Jewish Dialogue Group invites you for the conversation on community based peace building. Join us to hear from our distinguished speakers Abe Quadan, Nayef Hajaj, Lyndall Katz and Donna Jacobs Sife.

Date: March 29, 2012
Time: 5.45 for 6 - 8 pm
Venue: Education Lecture Theatre Room 424, Education Building, Manning Road, University of Sydney

Admission is free, gold coin donations appreciated

For more information, contact Abe 0412460373, or Donna 0417241418,

For Event Flyer Click here

Negotiation as a means of Peace and Conflict Resolution The Moroccan Experience

CPACS is hosting a talk by the Ambassador to Australia of the Kingdom of Morocco, His Excellency Mohamed Mael-Ainin. This event is the latest in an occasional series of events the Centre has organised, in pursuit of our interest in the issues of Peace with Justice involved in the Western Sahara conflict, which the Ambassador plans to address as part of his remarks.

Date: Thursday March 15th, 2012
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Place: Education Lecture Theatre 351, University of Sydney

For the invitation letter and the abstract sent by the embassy for the event click here

Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: With Astri Suhrke

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) is hosting writer Astri Suhrke in an event to discuss her book When More is Less: The International Project on Afghanistan, which critically analyses the statebuilding-peacebuilding project there.

Western-led efforts to establish a post-Taliban order in Afghanistan are in serious jeopardy. Beginning with the dynamics of Western intervention and its parallel peacebuilding mission, Astri Suhrke examines the forces that have shaped this grand international project and the apparent systemic bias toward deeper and broader inter¬national involvement.

Date: Tuesday March 13, 2012
Time: 12.30-2.00 pm
Place: Quad Senate Room, University of Sydney

For event flyer click here
For publishers flyer about the book click here

Academic and Civil Society Seminar on “Power and Dynamics of Civil Resistance”

Do you want to:

Learn more about people power?

Understand the interplay between strategies, tactics and mobilization for effective nonviolent struggle?

Interact with experts on the subject?

Then you should apply for the

Academic and Civil Society Seminar on “Power and Dynamics of Civil Resistance”

Organized by:

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (Washington, DC) and
The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

February 20 -22, 2012, 9-5:40 p.m. / University of Sydney, rooms to be announced

Application process: Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae and write a one-page motivation letter explaining: why they are interested in the seminar; how it will build on or enhance their current academic or work-related projects; and how they think the seminar content will be relevant to their previous and future professional pursuits. Applicants must also draft a statement affirming their intent to attend all three days of the seminar.

Please send applications by Wednesday, February 10 to Jake Fitzpatrick at ICNC:

For questions about the seminar and application process, please contact:

For local questions, such as the venue and timing, please contact: or call:

For more details

NEW BOOK: Comprehending West Papua

This new book from the West Papua Project is an edited volume of the collection of papers presented at the February 2011 University of Sydney conference "Comprehending West Papua". It represents the views of the world's leading scholars and activists currently working on understanding the conflict in West Papua.

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: 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: 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

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- 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

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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.

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.

New CPACS Prizes established

On 2nd December CPACS established 2 anuual prizes for outstanding students in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program. The prizes were named to honour the late Gordon Rodley and Cheryl Minks:

The Gordon Rodley Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Established in recognition of the contribution of Gordon Rodley to the creation of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

To be awarded annually to the student showing the greatest proficiency in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The Cheryl Minks Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Established in recognition of the contribution of Cherul Minks to the discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies

To be awarded annually to the student who submits the best Dissertation in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

CPACS is currently taking donations to support the financial component of the prizes. Contributions will be greatly appreciated and can be made by filling out the attached donation form and faxing or mailing it to the CPACS office. Donations are tax deductable.

Conference photos

  • Photos from the 1 day conference "What Works and What Doesn't? New Direction in Conflict Intervention" are now available on the events section of our website.
  • Photos from the 2 day conference "Iraq Never Again: Ending War, Building Peace" are now available on the events section of our website.