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Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Young Leaders Program briefing

CSIS Young Leaders Program briefing

16 December 2009

Pacific Forum CSIS President Ralph Cossa and Executive Director Brad Glosserman visited the ANU on Monday, 23 November 2009. In the morning, they met with some faculty members in a roundtable discussion to talk about Asia Pacific regional security issues. In the afternoon, they gave a briefing to selected postgraduate students and ANU alumni about the CSIS Young Leaders Program. The events were hosted by the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the ANU Department of International Relations with the support of the MacArthur Foundation and in collaboration with the Kokoda Foundation.


Postdoctoral research fellowship awarded

16 December 2009

The Australian National University's Department of International Relations, with the support of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) and the MacArthur Foundation, recently awarded the three-year postdoctoral research fellowship for the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Partnership to Dr David Envall. David commenced his postdoctoral research fellowship at the ANU on 19 November 2009. He will assist the two project managers in conducting interviews with academic and policy elites throughout the Asia Pacific region and in convening Focus Group meetings, and will participate in the development of a simulation exercise which is slated for November 2010.

Dr Envall received his BA (Hons) and PhD from the University of Melbourne and his MA from Hitotsubashi University. In addition to having worked as a copy editor and corporate editor/writer, he has taught Japanese foreign relations at Tokyo International University and politics at La Trobe University. His research interests include Japanese political leadership, Japan's post-war security politics, and security in the Asia Pacific. His most recent article, published in Japanese Studies in September 2008, examines the influence of Koizumi Junichiro, a recent Japanese prime minister, on political leadership in Japan. Dr Envall has been the book reviews editor for the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies since 2001.


Asian Security Seminar given by Dr Ren Xiao of Fudan University

1 December 2009

Dr Ren Xiao, Acting Director and Senior Fellow at the Department of American Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) and Professor of International Politicsat the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University in Shanghai, China, will be visiting the ANU in early December2009 to speak in a roundtable discussion under the auspices of the Asian Security Seminar series co-hosted by the ANU Departmentof International Relations and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

Attendance is by invitation only. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Brendan Taylor at brendan.taylor@anu.edu.au

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ANU-MacArthur ASI project organisational meeting held in Tokyo

23 October 2009

ANU-MASI Organisational Meeting 25 Sep 2009
Project members convene at the University of Tokyo, Japan

The ANU's MacArthur ASI project convened its project organisational meeting in Tokyo on Friday, 25 September 2009 at the University of Tokyo. Professor Kiichi Fujiwara, also a MacArthur grantee, graciously hosted the group led by Professors William Tow and John Ravenhill at the Hongo campus.

The project organisational meeting brought together the four focus group leaders, including Professor Rikki Kersten and Dr Brendan Taylor (representing Dr Robert Ayson) to plan out the three-year project and to delineate the scopes of the four focus groups.

Representatives from other MacArthur grantee institutions who are also members of the various Focus Groups, namely Associate Professor Ajin Choi of Yonsei University, Associate Professor Ralf Emmers of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University, also participated in order to explore possible opportunities for collaboration and to facilitate each other's agenda more effectively and efficiently.

Other attendees were Associate Professor Ken Jimbo of Keio University, Assistant Professor Ryo Sahashi of the University of Tokyo, and administrative staff from The Australian National University.


Professor Douglas Webber of INSEAD presents at Asian Security Seminar

23 October 2009

Professor Douglas Webber, Professor of Political Science at INSEAD and International Visiting Fellow at Monash European and EU Centre visited the ANU and presented the paper entitled: "Soft-core East Asia: Differentiated Cooperation in an Amorphous Region" at the Asian Security Seminar held on 23 October 2009.

This event is part of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Department of International Relations seminar series. It was carried out with the support of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security(CEPS) and the MacArthur Foundation.

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Listen to a podcast of this seminar » (30.27 MB 01:15:32)


Asian Security Seminar given by Emeritus Professor Stuart Harris

14 August 2009

The next seminar in the Asian Security Seminar series will be given by Emeritus Professor Stuart Harris, and is entitled "The 'New' Geopolitics of Energy."

In this seminar, Professor Harris examines the extent to which the geopolitics of energy – including who supplies it, and securing reliable access to those supplies – will become a driving factor in Asian security over the coming decades.

The Department of International Relations and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre will be hosting this seminar in conjunction with the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Partnership.

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Inaugural Asian Security Seminar to be given by Professor T. J. Pempel

27 July 2009

The Department of International Relations and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, with the support of the MacArthur Foundation's Asia Security Initiative (ASI) and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing in Security (CEPS), will host a seminar on Asian security on 30 July 2009.

The lecture is an inaugural event of the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Partnership project. It is entitled ‘The Economic-Security Nexus and East Asian Regionalism’ and will be presented by Professor T.J. Pempel, Professor of Political Science at the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley.

Read more about this event onthe CEPS@ANU website »

Listen to a podcast of this seminar » (29.4MB01:29:52)


Organisational planning workshop to be held in Tokyo

25 June 2009

The ANU, under the leadership of Professors Bill Tow and John Ravenhill, will be holding an organisational planning workshop at the University of Tokyo, Hongo campus in Japan on 25 September 2009.

Key project participants from the Asia Pacific region will draw out the three-year course of research for the ‘Policy Alternatives for Integrating Bilateral and Multilateral Regional Security Approaches in the Asia Pacific’ project, a component of the MacArthur Foundation's Asia Security Initiative (ASI). They will also discuss and identify the scope of study of each research focus area group.


MacArthur Asia Security Initiative launched in Singapore

1 June 2009

Professors Bill Tow and Professor John Ravenhill, of the ANU Department of International Relations, attended the launch of the MacArthur Foundation's Asia Security Initiative (ASI) – a US$68 million initiative to increase the effectiveness of international cooperation in fostering peace and security in Asia.

The launch was held in Singapore on 27 – 30 May 2009. Professors Tow and Ravenhill gave presentations on The Australian National University's participation in this highly prestigious research venture.

Read the press release for the launch on the MacArthur Foundation website »

Professors Ravenhill and Tow also attended the Prime Minister's speech delivered to the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore on 29 May 2009.

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