SDN enjoys international linkages with with several institutions, including Germany's leading social science research institute, the WZB. One of the highlights of the linkage is the postdoctoral fellowship exchange. We are pleased to welcome the 2014 visiting postdoctoral fellows from Berlin, Dr Aiko Wagner and...

By John Keane During several decades of contact with writers trapped in stressed and strained political circumstances, I can’t ever recall meeting a literary figure who was brave and principled enough to offer herself up for arrest and imprisonment by the authorities. That’s what the young...

By Nick Rowley The following is a part transcript of an expert conversation, held June 10th. Antarctica is a continent less suited to human habitation than any other. Temperatures rise above freezing only briefly on the northern Antarctic peninsula. At the coast mean temperatures range between -10°C...

John Keane   There’s a time-tested ‘law’ in the history of modern self-government: when a bounded nation-state democracy prosecutes war abroad, the spirit and institutions of its democracy are usually vandalised at home. The Life and Death of Democracy analyses many historical instances of a rule that most definitely...

Antarctica is the first continent to apparently move beyond the modern doctrine of sovereign territorial states: ‘No acts or activities taking place while the present Treaty is in force’, states Article IV of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, ‘shall constitute a basis for asserting, supporting or...

Speaker: Gianni Wise, Jacqueline Drinkall Date: Saturday 27 September Time: 2:00-3.30pm Venue: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Building, University of Sydney Cost: Free A gallery talk by artists Gianni Wise and Jacqueline Drinkall on the decision by the Biennale of Sydney to sever ties with Transfield, following a campaign of pressure from artists...

Democracy No Longer the Nation's Radar Mark Chou and Jean-Paul Gagnon Earlier this month, the Lowy Institute released its 10th annual poll. Each year, the poll surveys a representative cross-section of Australians and dissects our views on a range of important domestic and foreign policy issues. But unlike...

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