New-ish Government Faces Old Problems: An Update on Thai PoliticsIndonesia and Australia: 70 Years of Partnership in a Changing Indo-Pacific RegionThe Unresolved Political Status of Taiwan: Implications for AustraliaBig data and political marketing: Busting myths and debating the democratic implications

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    New-ish Government Faces Old Problems: An Update on Thai Politics

    Date Thu, 19 Sep 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:00
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    A presentation by James Wise, former Australian Ambassador to Thailand and author of Thailand: History, Politics and the Rule of Law, fresh from a five-week visit to Bangkok. 

    Since July, Thailand has had a new - or reconditioned - government. The government was formed after an election in March which has been called "partly free, and not fair." Despite these reservations, the election has led to the end of direct military rule. Thailand now has a semi-democratic system. There is more public debate...

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    Indonesia and Australia: 70 Years of Partnership in a Changing Indo-Pacific Region

    Date Wed, 02 Oct 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:00
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    This year, as Indonesia and Australia celebrate the 70th anniversary of their bilateral relationship, the two countries have marked an intensification of their ever-broadening ties with the announcement of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and signature of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Closer relations between these two middle powers are vitally important, particularly as they deal with tensions between the great powers and other traditional and non-traditional challenges that may affect the ecosystem of peace, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. A harmonisation of Australia's Stable and Prosperous Indo-Pacific vision with ASEAN's outlook on the Indo-Pacific is essential to ensure the continuance of economic growth and prosperity for the region.

    HE Mr Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo has served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Australia since 2017. As a career diplomat, he has held a number of positions at Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others as Secretary General (2014-2017), Director for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2008-2010), Chief of Staff of...

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    The Unresolved Political Status of Taiwan: Implications for Australia

    Date Thu, 10 Oct 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:00
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    Taiwan's unresolved political status is an issue of critical importance for international relations in the Asia-Pacific. The status quo across the Taiwan Strait is increasingly under strain. In recent years, President Xi Jinping has taken a more assertive approach to cross-Strait relations which could spark a new crisis. Now more than ever, policy makers in Canberra need to seriously consider the geopolitical, economic, and security implications of the Taiwan issue for Australia. 

    Linda Jakobson is founding director and Deputy Chair of China Matters. She has been a student of Chinese politics and the foreign and security policy of the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the past three decades. She is internationally known for her publications about China’s foreign policy. Her China-related career includes posts as a...

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    Big data and political marketing: Busting myths and debating the democratic implications

    Date Wed, 06 Nov 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:00
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    The role of big data in Donald Trump's election in 2016 and the UK Brexit Referendum has led to documentaries, movies and government inquiries as society becomes more aware of its potential impact. This presentation will bust some myths, making it clear that this new marketing tool isn't just used by right-wing politicians, and it's not just about data privacy. The real issues are how it is used strategically to influence opinion and behaviour, and that it is hidden from view, making it harder to check, constrain and rebut. Will big data create havoc in future elections around the world? Or can greater awareness and regulation prevent big data from harming democracy, and even help it survive? 

    Dr Jennifer Lees-Marshment is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland and Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Author/Editor of 15 books, Jennifer is a world expert in political marketing with additional research interests in public input, leadership and political management. She is editor of the book series Palgrave Studies in...

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