President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-Un have bested their doubters and not only smiled and shaken hands but have signed off on a document committing both to the Holy Grail of contemporary diplomacy – the de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. Both will be able to go home with a win in their pocket and […]
Javid Mohammadi, 18, is one of three students to receive Deakin University’s Sanctuary Scholarship for 2018. Born in a refugee camp in Iran, Javid and his family fled persecution and sought asylum in Australia in 2013. After arriving in Melbourne, Javid was enrolled into secondary school and completed three years of formal education before receiving the results he needed to get into university. ...
When President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, for their meeting to have been deemed a success, all they will have to do is walk away saying they have agreed in principle to some relatively low level matters and leave the details to their officials. That the summit between the two leaders […]
Short of President Trump changing his mind – again – the meeting between himself and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un looks like it will proceed as originally scheduled in Singapore on or close to 12 June. North Asia, and the world, should be able to breathe a sigh of relief. President Trump’s decision to cancel […]
The School of Nursing and Midwifery Fellowship Program is offered in a number of health care organisations in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool. A Fellowship allows students to complete the majority, if not all, of their clinical learning for their entire degree in one hospital or health network. This enables students to become socialised to a specific hospital environment with the aim of enhanci...
If US President Donald Trump is good at one thing, it’s keeping his word on election promises; the promises may have been utterly crazy, but President Trump does appear to be sincere about trying to deliver. Abandoning the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with the ‘strongest sanctions in history’ is a key case in point. Apart […]
Danis Dragovic’s ‘No Dancing, No Dancing: inside the global humanitarian crisis’ (Odyssey, 2018) is an important reflection on the aid and disaster industries, revisiting sites of previous aid work – South Sudan, Iraq and Timor-Leste – to discover what, if anything, has remained of earlier aid efforts and, where there has been failure, to seek […]
Australia Timor-Leste Election Observer Mission 2018 (ATLEOM 2018) STATEMENT ON ELECTORAL PROCESS The Australia Timor-Leste Election Observer Mission (ATLEOM) congratulates Timor-Leste’s National Elections Commission (CNE) and Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) for their sound organisation of the 2018 parliamentary election. As in the past, the poll presented significant...
One has to be happy for Prince Harry and his prospective bride, Meghan Markle; a wedding is always a time of hope and celebration. The problem is, as much as one might like to be happy for them, theirs will be just one of hundreds of thousands of weddings around the world on that day. […]
East Timor is in for another change of government, less than nine months after the last elections. Xanana Gusmao’s Alliance for Change and Progress (AMP) appears to have secured 34 seats in the 65 seat legislature, ousting the minority Fretilin government which was forced to the poll after having its budget blocked last year. The […]
Malaysia’s extraordinary election outcome, in which the six decade old government has been defeated, marks a profound and likely permanent shift for the future of politics in the country. The ruling National Front (Barisan Nasional – BN) government had retained power, particularly in the last decade or so, primarily through a system of rigged electoral […]
Just a couple of short weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s nay-sayers were having to re-think on his Korea strategy and, potentially, his wider unorthodox political style. Perhaps, they were being forced to ask themselves, his brinksmanship really was responsible for what is looking like a rapprochement between North and South Korea and potentially the denuclearization […]
(Originally published by the AIIA http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/how-wars-end/) with Richard Iron CMG, OBE. War remains common in the modern world and its devastating effects demand that we try to end it. Why do some negotiations fail and what conditions are required to end war? Some wars are necessary; diplomats could persuade neither Hitler nor al-Baghdadi to halt […]