- Date Tue, 12 Feb 2019Time 18:00 – 19:30Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
For the last two years, trade policy tensions between the US and China have been mounting, finally giving way to tit-for-tat tariffs. While on the surface the conflict is about re-balancing a lopsided trade relationship, it’s been exacerbated by Beijing’s attempts to deal with its own deeply rooted economic problems in a way that directly challenges the interests of developed economies.
Dinny McMahon will speak on the mechanics of a Chinese economy that looks increasingly dominant from the outside, but is facing unprecedented challenges from within.
- Date Tue, 19 Feb 2019Time 18:00 – 19:30Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
The United Nations came into existence on 24th August 1945 following the end of WWII. In general terms the UN’s purpose, as set out in the UN Charter, is to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly international relations and encourage and stimulate international cooperation.
The UN has, over the years, been subject to criticism for being ineffective in (amongst other things) the prevention of conflict and genocide and for its inability to enforce its resolutions.
The existence and make-up of the Security Council as well as the veto power of each of the Security Council’s permanent members also continue to be the subject of criticism.
Major General Michael Smith will speak on the state of the UN today and the challenges ahead. He served for 34 years as an Army Officer in the Australian Defence Force. He graduated with the ‘sword of honour’ from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1971, and had a distinguished military career. Michael has had...More >