China and Technology: Grappling with the ProblemBrexit: Australia's View from LondonIran: The Islamic Regime's Resilience under Pressure




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    China and Technology: Grappling with the Problem

    Date Wed, 03 Apr 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:00
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    As China emerges as a technology superpower, what does this mean for Australia and the West? What are the implications of the 5G decision? How is China using technology to interfere in Australia and how is the Chinese Communist Party harnessing technology to suppress the Chinese people at home? Join us in "In Conversation" format to discuss these and other questions with Fergus Hanson, Head of the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

    Fergus Hanson is the author of Internet Wars and has published widely on a range of cyber and foreign policy topics. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Professional Fulbright Scholar based at Georgetown University working on the uptake of new technologies by the US government. He has worked for the...

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    Brexit: Australia's View from London

    Date Wed, 10 Apr 2019
    Time 12:30 – 13:30
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    As the United Kingdom and the European Union chart a path forward through Brexit’s many complexities, Australia continues to build on its broad and enduring ties with the UK – one of its closest friends and allies. Brexit has presented an opportunity to reinvigorate bilateral cooperation and trade links between Australia and the UK, ranging from enhanced engagement in the Pacific to mutual ambitions for striking a comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement and a shared commitment to the global rules-based system. The Australian High Commission in London is working to realise the full potential of these opportunities, no matter the outcome or progression of Brexit.

    Matt Anderson is Australia's Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Mr Anderson is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has returned recently from a posting as Ambassador to Afghanistan. Mr Anderson has served as High Commissioner to Solomon Islands (2011–13) and High Commissioner to Samoa (2007–2011) and has also been posted to Papua New Guinea and South Africa. He was Chief Negotiator of the Australian-led Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville and undertook a Short Term Mission to Cambodia.
    Mr Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University and a Master of Arts from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He was awarded the Public Service Medal for his role leading the humanitarian and consular response to the 2009 Pacific tsunami.

    Refreshments available from 12:00 noon

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    Iran: The Islamic Regime's Resilience under Pressure

    Date Wed, 17 Apr 2019
    Time 18:00 – 19:00
    Location AIIA (ACT Branch)

    The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in the eye of the storm ever since its foundation four decades ago. Initially, some analysts could not have confidence in its durability, but it has endured many domestic and foreign policy challenges. Despite being at loggerheads with the United States and some of its regional allies for most of its life, it has remained defiant and resilient. However, in the era of President Donald Trump, who has withdrawn the US from the July 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement and has imposed the harshest sanctions ever, the Republic is in the grip of serious economic difficulties, with political implications. Yet, the Trump policy actions are unlikely to bring the Republic’s Islamic regime to its knees, just as sanctions could not cause the demise of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. But the same cannot be said about the Iranian society which is bearing the brunt of Trump’s actions.
    Amin Saikal AM, FASSA is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations, and Visiting Fellow to Princeton University, Cambridge University; the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; and Indiana University. He is an awardee of the Order of Australia (AM) ‘for service to the international community and education through the development of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, and as an author and adviser’, and is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He is the author of many books, most recently Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019). He has also published in major international journals and dailies, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian; and is a frequent commentator on TV and radio networks on issues pertinent to his field of specialty.

    Refreshments available from 5:30pm

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