Fresh Perspectives


  • Sport – A Tool for International Diplomacy

    Sport – A Tool for International Diplomacy

    Australian sport has had a major international boost this year, with historic wins in the Asia Cup and the Cricket World Cup. The relationships developed in corporate boxes and in the bays of the MCG can plant the seeds of strong international...

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  • Disaster Risk Management – Adapting to the Future

    Disaster Risk Management – Adapting to the Future

    In the wake of Cyclone Pam’s devastation in Vanuatu, it is increasingly apparent that Disaster Risk Reduction will become crucial to mitigate the consequences of natural disasters. This week the world saw the devastation that a natural...

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  • Civil Society Involvement in the UN Security Council

    As the premier intergovernmental institution for the maintenance of global peace and security, the UN Security Council (UNSC) is commonly perceived as a forum for great-power diplomacy that precludes the participation of civil society. However...

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  • Ending Forced Child Marriage Empowers the World, Not Only Women

    Ending Forced Child Marriage Empowers the World, Not Only Women

    As International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015 approaches, child marriage remains one of the greatest challenges facing female equality. Often described as “modern day slavery”, young girls are being increasingly trapped as child brides around the...

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  • Anwar Injustice in Context

    Anwar Injustice in Context

    Malaysia is due to reach high-income nation status by 2020. Unfortunately it will continue to have third-world politics for some time to come. Most foreign observers will have heard of Anwar Ibrahim and the persecution brought against him by...

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  • The Enduring Importance of Legitimate Authority

    The concept of legitimate authority is becoming increasingly pertinent in a world characterised by non-state entities, including international organisations, cyber actors and transnational terrorism. Reflecting on the remarkable endurance of...

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  • Jokowi’s Failure at Appeasing Indonesia

    Jokowi’s Failure at Appeasing Indonesia

    Indonesia’s President Jokowi faces a challenging balancing act in his effort to appease rival factions. Despite Australian politics being rather interesting of late, I often find myself drawn to Indonesia’s fascinating political...

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  • Peace Ambassadors: Women in the Conflict Resolution Process

    Peace Ambassadors: Women in the Conflict Resolution Process

    Despite women being active promoters of peace in their communities during times of war, they are alarmingly underrepresented in the formal conflict resolution process. When women are included in the process it provides opportunities to create a...

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  • Post Conflict Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

    Post Conflict Justice: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

    The presence and perseverance of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia demonstrate Cambodia’s resilience and desire for post-conflict justice. The brutal Khmer Rouge regime caused the deaths of approximately 1.7 million...

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  • Trapped Behind Closed Doors: The Plight of Domestic Workers in Kenya

    Trapped Behind Closed Doors: The Plight of Domestic Workers in Kenya

    150 years ago today, the US Congress passed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude. Hidden behind closed doors, the abuse of domestic workers is one of the most prevalent forms of modern slavery in Kenya today. Kenya...

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