- Date Thu, 26 Jul 2018Time 18:00 – 19:00Location AIIA (ACT Branch)
Professor Anwar Alam will reflect upon the growth of political Islam since the development of Wahhabism in 18th century in Arabia. While touching upon some of the important Islamic political groups/organisations/movements including terrorist groups such as ISIS and al Qaida, Prof Alam aims to address some central questions including: what makes the idea of political Islam including its violent streak survive and continue to appeal to a section of Muslim youth, particularly among those with relatively secular life styles? He will also reflect on whether the emerging Islamic contestations in Muslim societies have requisite conceptual resources and tools to thoroughly de-legitimise the discourse of political Islam.
This event is co-hosted with Bluestar Intercultural Centre Professor Anwar Alam is a Senior Fellow with the Policy Perspectives Foundation, New Delhi. Previously he served as full Professor in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Science, Zirve University, Gaziantep, Turkey. He was AVH Visiting Fellow at the Department of Philology, Albert...More >
- Date Wed, 01 Aug 2018Time 18:00 – 19:00Location AIIA (ACT Branch)
In this discussion of the global rules-based order and her award-winning book Is International Law International?, international law specialist Anthea Roberts pulls back the curtain on the "divisible college of international lawyers," and challenges the conception that international law is universal, with international lawyers existing in a single "invisible college”. She explores how Western approaches in general, and Anglo-American approaches in particular, have had a disproportionate influence in defining what counts as the "international”, and how this mindset needs to transform in an increasingly multipolar world.
Anthea Roberts is an Associate Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. She is a specialist in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration, and comparative international law. She is also currently a Visiting Professor on the Masters of International Dispute Settlement at the Graduate Institute/University of Geneva....More >
- Date Thu, 09 Aug 2018Time 18:00 – 19:00Location AIIA (ACT Branch)
The NPT has served as the normative anchor of global nuclear orders since 1968. Remarkably successful with respect to peaceful uses of nuclear energy and non-proliferation, it has failed on nuclear disarmament. Last year, geopolitical tensions had intensified in several regions across the world; there were no nuclear arms control negotiations between any of the nuclear-armed states; and two of the leaders of countries with nuclear weapons appeared volatile and unpredictable. With fewer warheads but spread amongst more countries, some in conflict-prone regions, nuclear risks and threats had grown, as had the realisation that the world lacks the capacity to cope with the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war. Like-minded states and civil society advocates teamed up to heighten the consciousness of nuclear dangers and negotiated a UN Ban Treaty, effectively bifurcating the global nuclear order. The urgent priority now is convergence between the NPT and the Ban Treaty.