John Rodsted has had a rich and varied career. He has worked as a photographer for 40 years, activist, parachute instructor, stuntman, author, film maker, wilderness guide, expedition leader and professor.
He has just returned from the United Nations in Geneva where he launched his book In Search of Safe Ground in the Pacific. This is a study of left over munitions throughout the Pacific from World War 2 and how they impact today's Pacific societies.
The conference is expected to attract over 50 presentations on the various aspects of developments in communist and post-communist world. You may find useful to hear the contemporary discourse on politics, economics, culture and society of the vast region extending from Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, China and South Eastern Asia.
To celebrate the release of the February 2019 issue of Australian Foreign Affairs 5, "Are We Asian Yet? join contributing author Linda Jaivin as she looks at how we ought to be able to relate better to Chinese culture than we do given there are 1.2 million residents or citizens who identify as ethnic Chinese in Australia and Mandarin is the second-most commonly spoken language after English.
In this presentation, Dr Nikolay Murashkin will discuss the domestic and external drivers behind Russia's contemporary policies in the Asia Pacific, as well as their historical context, and will argue that the on-going "pivot to Asia" represents continuity with earlier diplomacy rather than a reactive short-term posture.
This Symposium event, jointly held by the Griffith Asia Institute and the Economic Society of Australia (Qld), brings together several high profile economists to analyse key issues of the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Speakers include: Andrew Charlton, A/Prof Creina Day, Janine Dixon, Prof Andrew Hughes Hallett, Tony Makin and John Simon.