MA(PACS)/MPACS Dissertations


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Christine el-Khoury Transforming the Media Narrative on Indigenous Affairs: Lessons from Q&A Garma
Melissa Martin Sexes of the Battle: Reconstructing Gender, Reconstructing a Nation – Sri Lanka’s Post-war Rehabilitation Programme


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Mujibur Abid Anatomy of the Afghan Jihad: Identity, Power and Legitimacy
Daniel Abunales From War to Peace: Best Practices in Peace Journalism as reported by and during the Bangsamoro Peace Process
Emily Blizzard Media Re-Presentatio of Conflict: Friend or Foe of Peace? The Case of the Kashmir Valley
Simone Bush Peacebuilding, Statebuilding, and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
Haylee Fuller How Can Post-structuralism and the Performance Art of Superbarrio Gomez Explain the Process of Artmaking as Cultural Peacebuilding?
 Laura Gilmartin Communal Violence, Trauma and Gender in Timor-Leste: An Exploration of how Informal Security Groups assist Timorese People to meet their Human Security Needs
 Pamela Hartgerink  “The subject of transitional justice and national healing is forbidden”: Where to now for reconciliation and transitional justice in Zimbabwe?
 Shannon Richarz  The Islamification of Terror
 Laura Schmah   Teaching for a Peaceful Future? Collective Memories and Peace Education in Australian and German History Textbooks
 Louisa Waddingham  The Contribution of State Action to Sierra Leone’s Peacebuilding
 Godwin Yidana  Patriarchy and Women's Agency for Peacebuilding: The Case of Women in the Bawku Municipality, Ghana


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Farhad Arian  Establishing Peace in Afghanistan: Balancing the Interests of India & Pakistan
 Sonja Bates  What’s Wrong with Anzac Day?
 Dan Buckingham  Extractive and Exclusive Political and Economic Institutions as Barriers to a Justpeace in Kenya
 Sarah Brown-Campello  “Fusion of Exiles”: Israeli Absorption of non-Ashkenazi Jews and Structural Violence in the Israeli Immigration and Israelizing Process, 1948-present
 Krystyna Drapalski  The Paradox of Peace: US Militarism in a Global Age
 Emily Morrison  A Cross-Cultural Study of the Measures Taken in Spain and Iceland to Eradicate Intimate Partner Violence
 Roger Stephenson  State Rights vs Universal Human Rights: a Case Study of Australia's Policies Relating to Asylum Seekers
 Lisa Townshend  The Paradox of National Identity and Citizenship in Bolivia


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Elena Berrocal  The Relationship Between Shari’a Law and Human Rights Discourses in The Maldives: The Case of HIV Policy
 Elizabeth Hankins  Ubuntu Rising: Building Lasting Peace and Gender Equality in South Sudan
 Sascha Nanlohy  “Peace Wanted Alive”: Kenya’s Post-Election Violence and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities
 Ben Lohmeyer  Peace: Overcoming the Trap of Dualism
 Michael Safi  More than they Bargained For? Inclusion-Moderation, Islamists, and Case of Lebanon’s Hezbollah
 Cheryl Seeto  Aiding and Abetting: How both Donor and Recipient Governments’ Strategic Interests Can Impact Development and Aid EffectivenessJP van de Merwe
 JP van de Merwe   A Constructivist Approach to Understanding South African Foreign Policy Under Thabo Mbeki’s Presidency


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Matthew Coxhill What is Sustainable?: Corporate social responsibility, artisanal fishers and peace with justice in the exploitation of wild fisheries in the Solomon Islands
 Alexander Gasko The Baltic States join the West: how it has affected their Russian-speaking minorities?
 Lisa A. Ghigliazza DDR Programming for Child Soldiers in Uganda: From Structures of Violence to Sustainable Peace
 Erik Hof Parallel Tracks or Sequencing: The International Criminal Court's impact on Prospects for Peace in Sudan
 Yulia Khan Independent Abkhazia and South Ossetia: To Be or Not To Be? An Analysis of the Prospects for Their Independence
 Natilee A. McGruder An Analysis of the Relationships between Economic Incentives and Cultural Violence in the Exploitation and Mass Incarceration of the Ethnic Poor in the United States
 Donna Mulhearn Urbicide: The Carthaginisation of Fallujah
 Zahra Shafigh Tahrir Square 2011: How space helped a community to emerge in solidarity against tyranny
 Kristen Erber Commodification and Conflict: A Critique of Market Theory in regards to Human Needs
 Henry Lebovic Towards a Coherent Unity of Perspectives On Peace: Burton, Lederach and the Philosophy of Ken Wilber
Ming Tang  Demystifying the ‘Pacifying Effects’ Thesis: An Analysis of the Application of the Democratic Reconstruction Model in UN Peacebuilding Operations


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Bickerton, Emily The Case for Socially Cohesive Cities: How Social Connections Save Lives and Community Gatdens Empower Unbran Localities to Mobolize for Peace
Brake, Sarah Campaigning for Peace with Justice: A Burma Case Study
Brown, Chris In Search of a Positive Peace in the Naxalite Conflict
Crawford, Katie The Environmental Voice of Peacetime Military Activity
Dawes, Cassandra Understanding the ‘other’ through film: representations of ethnicity in Second World War Hollywood feature films
Hall, Brenda The Freeport Mine in Papua: An Unequivocal Commitment to Human Rights?
Hedges, Georgina Justice for Women in Post-genocide Rwanda?
Hubbard, James Nonviolent Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect
Mcgovern, Lachlan Evaluating Australia’s Intervention in Solomon Islands
Ogbonnaya, Jude African Feminism: What can Men bring to the Table?
Rose, Michael Peace Journalism, First Person Shooters and the construction of meaning from simulated violence
Tunks, Erin Louise Community Conflict and Peace-building: A Case Study of the Cronulla Riots


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 Alderton, Ashley Media at War: The Rwandan Genocide and Implications for Future Conflicts
Aryachandra, Nisansala Terrorlist Formula: An alternative for listing terrorists and measuring terrorism
Beasley, Belinda The Indictment of Omar Hussan Ahamd al Bashir by the International Criminal Court: Understanding Why African and Arab Leaders Support Bashir
Bennett, Juliet An Ethical Dilemma: Childhood Conversion to Christian Fundamentalism
Chhan, Rebecca K. Creativity in Peacebuilding: The Value of Art to Peace
Cross, Casey Exacerbating Divisions: Peacebuilding, the UN and East Timor: An Ecofeminist Analysis
Dix, Catherine Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: How can youth and the media work together to support the normative goal of peace? 
Geeves, Bethany Fighting Words: The Importance of Language Policy for Conflict and Peace
Gudmundsen, Marita H. A Comparative Analysis of Iraq: Before and After the 2003 Invasion
Gosson, Zara Happiness in the Pursuit of Peace: Re-evaluating the role and significance of happiness in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies
King, Nancy Hard Yakka: A Historical Comparative Study of Aboriginal Working Women in the New South Wales Public Sector Australia
Kristiansen, Ragna Taking a Glimpse at the UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Has the Resolution contributed to improving the situation of the women in Timor-Leste?
Morgan, Sophie Female Genital Cutting: An Issue of Peace with Justice
Pratt, Kelly Universal Human Needs Theory: Transforming Thought, Facilitating Choice, Promoting Peace
Reddington, Kitty Educating Beyond Oppression in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Rish, Violet Why can’t you sell peace like you sell soap? The Power and Limitations of Social Marketing in Communicating for Peace in Aceh
Ziaei, Saman Living in a Cycle of Violence: Questioning the Effectiveness of Current Penal Practice in NSW


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Dickens, Lyn Marginalising Multiraciality in Miss Saigon: an Analysis of the Mass Media's Effect on People of Mixed Race
Eaton, Emily The World Sport: A Force for Peace or Violence
Geese, Benjamin Out of Ruins.  Pro-Poor Tourism: a Future for Timor-Leste
George, Victor The Role of the Peacekeeping Troops in the United Nations Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC)
Heukelom, Tim S. van Regional Interactive Conflict Prevention: Exploring the potential of 'cooperative diplomacy' to increase the effectiveness of conflict prevention on a regional level
Johannessen, Astrid-Margrete Humanitarian Intervention and the 'Responsibility to Protect' after September 11
Kartika, Diana ASEAN: Towards Social Justice and Human Security
Krairit, Thammachat Developments from Portuguese Colony to Indonesian Province: The Evolution of Identity in East Timor (1500s-1991)
Lovasen, Line Causes and Consequences of the Global Military Culture
Rai, Bharat Peace through Micro Enterprise Development in Nepal: Rhetoric or Reality?
Rajalingam, Gobie The Right to Write: Advocating Human Rights and the Media to Build Peace with Justice in Sri Lanka
Sequeira, Mervyn A Universal Language of Peace?  Music and Peacebuilding
Siegenbeek van Heukelom, Tim Regional interactive conflict prevention: Exploring the potential of 'cooperative diplomacy' to increase the effectiveness of conflict prevention on a regional level
Skaiaa, Marianne The Neglected Story of Women and War: In What Ways Can War Empower Women
Yustisianingrum, Etika Building Permanent Peace in Aceh: The Role of the Peace Agreement in the Peacebuilding Process
Zulaicha, Octavin Commission of Truth and Friendship as a Reconciliation Mechanism between Indonesia and Timor Leste


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Allebone, James The Great Writ In America: Habeas Corpus in Times of Conflict
Box, Pamela Climate Change and Development: Environmental Ethics and Water Scarcity in the Twenty-First Century
Chang, Candice The Responsibility to Protect: Falun Gong as a case study
Cutler, Jennifer Theatre in the South Pacific: A Peacebuilding Tool?
Dekker, Anna The International Criminal Court Pursuing Justice in the Midst of Violent Conflict: Peace-maker or Peace-breaker?
Desaputra, Piyasiree Integration of a Gender Perspective on Peace Operations: Gender Equality and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in East Timor
Djojonegoro, Dinda The struggle for peace without nuclear weapons: An analysis of the relationship between nuclear weapons, security, peace and human rights
Downing, Elizabeth The Western Response to AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: The importance of African participation in the response
Garner, Hilary Building Peace in a Post Conflict Society: The Sports Contribution Sporting Creativity Synchronizing Soccer Case Study: The Kakuma Refugee Camp
Kuncorowati, Dyah Illegal logging in Indonesia: A threat to regional security in Southeast Asia?
Lansdowne, Amanda "Fortress Nation": Australia's Insecurity, the Asylum Seeker's Burden
Mehr, Michael Government responses to the al-Jazeera effect: Ten years of engagement, conflict and competition
Mkandawire, Bonaventure Thangata: Tenancy or Slavery? The economic hardship of workers on colonial farms; and post-colonial tobacco estates in Malawi
Rahman, Sabrin The era of social entrepreneurship: How society, economy and peace studies can be partners in fighting inequality
Seitanides, Elias How did the Cold War start? Has it really ended?
Sun-Nyung, Heo A New Foreign Policy Paradigm: Perspectives on South Korea's Strategic Options in the 21st Century: Towards Peace and Security in Northeast Asia
Ya, Lin (Bella) Renewing the Enemy: Young Chinese Focus Their Hatred on Japan


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Armstrong, Amanda Saving the World: The Active Self in a Self-less Society
Dundas, Aletia The Application of Nonviolence in a Culture of Violence: The Case of Iraq
Carpenter, Tracey The Media's Role in Race Relations in a Regional Australian Sommunity
Clark, Paul Atrocity? What-ever: The emotional manipulation of the mass cruelty of Western communities
Cramer, Jolene M. The Grameen Bank: A Critical Analysis of Women's Empowerment
Culley, April The Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism in Zimbabwe and the Problem of International Intervention
Hennekinne, Xavier Reconciliation in Timor-Leste: The Place of the Individual in the Timorese Reconciliation Process
Jacobson, Daniel From Bomb-Making to Policy-Making: The Transformation of Palestinian Terrorism 1937-2006
Jensen, Catherine Mary The Price of Peace: How a culture of consumerism erodes a culture of peace
Mayroz, Eyal Humanitarian Interventions in Theory and Practice: The US and the Crisis in Dafur
Ngotho, Mueni (Liz) Birth of a New Nation or Delusions from the Past: Challenges to Achieving Egalitarian Participation in Peacebuilding in South Sudan
Oborski, Jason Fox News and their Invasion of Iraq
Reiler, Anja Agnethe Norway: A Good International Citizen?
Richardson, Robyn "God-Speak" - The Language of the Church: East Timor Conflict 1975-1999
Sassine, Fadia Palestinian Refugees in Beddawi Camp: Exploring Palestinianness


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Akimoto, Daisuke The Implication of "Positive Pacifism" for Japan's International Peacekeeping Operations
Chesher, Jane Anatomy of a Riot:Redfern 14-16 February 2004
Elliott, Stephanie Islam and the U.S. media: USA Today and The New York Times before and after the London bombings
Elliott, Sarah The Politicisation of Humanitarian Action
Kieran, Leona Burma: Towards Freedom from Fear
Kroon, Ronald Prayer mats and Cheeseboards: Polarisation in Dutch Society
Norbisrath, Lea Reconciliation - and what is in it for Women?
Yamasaki, Matsutaro The Tibet Question: History, Present, and Future of Tibet
Piccotti, John Containing Saddam Hussein's Iraq: An examination of how conflicting goals and self-interest affected policy at the UN with an emphasis on France and the US 1990-2003
Pozniak, Natalee Militant Islamist Ideology and the 'Clash of Civilizations'
Seyit, Kuranda S. Reporting Violence
Shrestha, Abha The Impact of International Armed Conflict on Nepalese Women: A Study from a Feminist Perspective


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Adas, Wissam God's Law vs. Man's law- An analysis of the perceived conflict between Islamic and Western law
Boga, Dilnaz Cycles of Violence: The Impact of Human Rights Violations on Children in Kashmir
Candan, Zuleika Frustration in Society: Why Individuals Turn to Violent Society Movements in the Context of a Culture of Violence
Chang, Kevin C. "Noqu Kalou, Noqu Vanua": The Root Causes of Fiji's Societal Conflicts
Downes, Andrew J. An Emerging Norm? The Legitimacy of Humanitarian Intervention during the post-Cold War era
Emad, Munther Emerging Challenges - Domestic violence among culturally and linguistically diverse communities in particular Arabic-Speaking Families in Australia: A reflection on culture, gender, cultural identity and generations
Fisher-Radford, Jennifer Structural Violence in the West: Its Contribution to a Violent Culture and Delinquency
Haahti, Eva "Spoils of War": Sexual Violence and Human Rights Violations Against Women in War
Kobayashi, Hiroto Commonalities in the diversity: The common ground between suicide bomings in the Israel-Palestine conflict and Japanese suicide attacks in the WWII
Mason, Andy The Impact of Ethnic Nationalism on Compassionate Love in Sri Lanka
Muraki, Sayuri Promoting Human Rights and Peacebuilding in East Timor
Myrvoll, Brit The Redfern Journey of Empowerment
Ramsdell, Christopher Innocent Lost: The Socialization of Child Soldiers
Robertson, Erin The Value of Public Diplomacy: A Critique of American Foreign Policy in the Middle East since 9-11
Sakurai, Yuko Reconciliation to Overcome "Japan and Asia"
Sarlas, Andrew Conflict: Moving from peace studies to a more holistic definition and how this is represented in creativity
Smith, Kate Jean The Australian 'History Wars' and National Identity:
Tarling, Serena Bridging the Gap: Could there be a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Australia?
Zee, Kelvin Singapore's Malay-Muslims and the Emergence of Jemaah Islamiah in Singapore


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Bottenma, Tamar F.J. Comparing Cold Wars: An Analysis of Malaysia's Experiences
Boyd, Alison M. America's Contradiction: Human Rights and the Death Penalty
Buchanan, Penny Peacebuilding in Somalia: The role of the radio soap opera in public education for the promotion of non-violence
Chan, Ron Clash of Civilisation or Clash of Ignorance?
Collins, Anne Justice for the Clowns: Symbols of Shared Humanity in Creative Dissent
Fosen, Dagny
The Humanitarian Bomb: Humanitarian Intervention and the Kosovo Crisis - a successful example for future conflict resolution?
Gambill, Jill An Analysis of the Role of Violence in Resolving the Colombian Conflict
Goldfinch, Steven J. Standing by Thy Neighbour: The development of Humanitarian Intervention in a Post-Cold War World
Jorgensen, Annet Y. K. Narrative Framing of Conflict Stories in the New Media: a comparative analysis
Koukedes, Nita Forgiveness: The Wounded Healer
Ley, Valerie A Just and Fair Peace for Israel/Palestine?
Lindsay, David Allan Osama Bin Laden and Al Qa'Ida's Impact on International Peace, Security and Economy
McCusker, Patrick Reconciliation in the North of Ireland Conflict
Nygaard, Lydia Wathne The United Nations Security Council: How it is controlled by Western Interests
Pedersen, Elna Leth Justice and Reconcilation: meanings for Justice after Collective Violence and their significance for reconciliation
Salazar, Ivan Mauricio P. The Colombian Civil War: An Analysis of the Economic Behaviour of the Revolutionary Movement and the Implications for Conflict Resolution
Schwartz, Melanie Coming Out Painting: Diversion, Restoration and Circle Sentencing
Shanley, Scott Saka Ki Churi: The Moral Implications of British Imperalism (1870-1914)
Shore, Nina Art as Non-Violent Protest: De-Mystifying Dada
Sirat, Mahamud Can the United States act as an honest broker in trying to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict?
Talib, Mohamad Singapore: The Management of Ethinicity
Waples, Sally Ethnic Conflict in Kenya: Dilemmas of Democratic Institution-Building
Widmer, Mireille Madrid vs. Oslo: Third Party Intervention in the Arab-Israeli Conflict


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Batchen, Christina The Case for Restorative Justice
Dack, Timothy T. A Quest for Equility
Fraser, Sarah Abolishing the Death Penalty in the USA: One Step on the Road to Achieving a Just Peace
Kvam, Synnove M. Comprehensive Peacebuilding: The Norwegian Approach to Conflict Resolution
Morgan, Victoria A Critical Look at Domestic Violence Amongst Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Communities
Ooi, Daniel The 1997 International Monetary Fund package to Indonesia: implications for human rights, development, and regional stability
Pearce, Heather-Jean L. Return to Innocence? Prevention and Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone
Sloane, Jane Advance Australia Fair


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Boxberger, Anne Exploring Reconciliation: A Critical Essay
Molland, Sverre East Timor: Reconciled Nationalism and Nationalised Reconciliation
Salas, Renee The Protection of the Environment as a Peace Issue