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  • Reading Room: Life and Politics in Papua New Guinea

    Reading Room: Life and Politics in Papua New Guinea

    Prime ministerial memoirs are many things: part recollection, part self-justification, part confession. They are always about legacy (why else would you spend the time and money?) as they offer a chance to shape the narrative, settle old scores...

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  • Reading Room: Queer Wars

    Reading Room: Queer Wars

    Dennis Altman's and Jonathan Symons’ work Queer Wars is a timely and accessible intervention on the global state of play for queer rights. Queer politics is seemingly everywhere in the Australian political landscape at the moment. Whether it is...

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  • Reading Room: The Chungking Legation

    Reading Room: The Chungking Legation

    Australia’s diplomatic engagement with China didn’t start with Gough Whitlam. It is worth remembering those early diplomats who served faithfully in Chungking during the contested times of World War II. In May 1941 Canberra announced its...

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  • Reading Room: Australia, Canada, and Iraq: Perspectives on an Invasion

    Reading Room: Australia, Canada, and Iraq: Perspectives on an Invasion

    Australia and Canada are divided by a vast ocean, the pronunciation of a common language and unequal capacities in French and cricket. Nonetheless, the two nations trust each other to such an extent that in some countries we take on each other’s...

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  • Reading Room: Syria

    Reading Room: Syria

    As someone who has lived in and studied Syria, its history, culture and people, I was attracted to Samer Abboud’s personal engagement with this topic. I share his sadness and bewilderment over what is happening to that country and welcome his...

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  • Reading Room: Theorising the Responsibility to Protect

    Reading Room: Theorising the Responsibility to Protect

    While the catastrophes of Rwanda, Srebrenica and Kosovo in the 1990s provided the recent focus for the international community’s response to the protection of individuals from the abuse of tyrants, there were many more shocking instances of the...

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  • Reading Room: Civil Resistance in West Papua

    Reading Room: Civil Resistance in West Papua

    Injustices continue to be perpetrated upon the people of West Papua. Consequently, there continue to be calls by well-meaning outsiders and by West Papuans for West Papua to be given a vote on its political future, as was East Timor in 1999. Yet...

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  • Reading Room: Deepening India-Japan Relations

    Reading Room: Deepening India-Japan Relations

    Only a couple of decades ago, scholarly interest in India–Japan relations was almost non-existent. Since the turn of the century and especially in recent years, Japan’s gaze upon India has been transformed by an evolving strategic dimension...

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  • Reading Room: Perspectives on Australia-Turkey Relations

    Reading Room: Perspectives on Australia-Turkey Relations

    The failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016 and what happened afterwards has made Michalis Michael’s book, which in part focuses on the work of the Gulen Movement in Australia, useful for those looking to understand the latest developments in...

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  • Reading Room: The Mandibles

    Reading Room: The Mandibles

    Fiction can provide a window into current anxieties and possible futures. This chronicle of the trials of a fictional US family achieves both. Ostensibly tracing the course of the Mandible family from 2029, Lionel Shriver's latest...

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