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Guillaume Pitron - The Dark Side of Clean Energy & Digital Technologies

Guillaume Pitron’s book of 2018, entitled ‘The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies’ cuts across conventional environmental thinking to probe the hidden, dark side of green technology. Based upon six years of research, across a dozen countries, the book argues that by breaking free of fossil fuels, we are setting ourselves up for a new dependence on rare metals such as cobalt, gold, and palladium. These rare metals, the production of which is... [More]
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Guillaume Pitron - The Dark Side of Clean Energy & Digital Technologies

<p>Guillaume Pitron’s book of 2018, entitled ‘The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies’ cuts across conventional environmental thinking to probe the hidden, dark

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Saving the World - The Cuban Missile Crisis

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the actions of two men: one American, one Russian; helped save the world. At what historian Arthur Schlesinger called “the most dangerous moment in human history”, Soviet Navy Commodore Arkhipov in a stand-off with the US Navy, refused to allow his submarines to use their nuclear torpedos, avoiding an all-out nuclear war between the two nations. Meanwhile, in Washington DC, Llewellyn E. Thompson, former Ambassador to the Soviet Union, used his... [More]
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Saving the World - The Cuban Missile Crisis

<p>During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the actions of two men: one American, one Russian; helped save the world. At what historian Arthur Schlesinger called “the most dangerous moment in human history”,

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Saving the World - The Cuban Missile Crisis

<p>During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the actions of two men: one American, one Russian; helped save the world. At what historian Arthur Schlesinger called “the most dangerous moment in human history”,

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Daniel Yergin - The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations

Daniel Yergin’s book of 2020, entitled ‘The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations’ explains how the global order is being shaped by dramatic shifts in methods of energy production in response to the threat of climate change. Learn how the shale revolution in oil and gas was beginning to solidify America’s global power prior to the coronavirus pandemic, and how a new Cold War is emerging between the West and countries like Russia, China, and Iran over the control of... [More]
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Daniel Yergin - The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations

<p>Daniel Yergin’s book of 2020, entitled ‘The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations’ explains how the global order is being shaped by dramatic shifts in methods of energy production in

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Understanding the US Mid-term Elections 2022

Many observers believe the 2022 ‘mid-term’ election will be one of the most consequential in a generation. Get a head start on all the action with a review of the American electoral system. What is a mid-term election anyway? What are the deciding issues going to be? What are the polls saying - will they be right or wrong this time? Will the Democrats triumph or will President Biden be left dealing with a hostile Congress? And, of course, the question that has dominated American... [More]
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Understanding the US Mid-term Elections 2022

<p>Many observers believe the 2022 ‘mid-term’ election will be one of the most consequential in a generation. Get a head start on all the action with a review of the American electoral system. What is

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Understanding the US Mid-term Elections 2022

<p>Many observers believe the 2022 ‘mid-term’ election will be one of the most consequential in a generation. Get a head start on all the action with a review of the American electoral system. What is

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Mick Ryan - War Transformed: 21st Century Great Power Competition

Retired Major General Mick Ryan’s book of 2022, entitled ‘War Transformed: The Future of Twenty-First Century Great Power Competition and Conflict’ provides vital insights into the design and execution of modern Western military strategy in the context of 21st century great power competition and modern full-spectrum warfare. Over four tightly-argued chapters, the book emphasises the impacts of technology, new era strategic competition, demography and climate change. Ryan uses... [More]
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Mick Ryan - War Transformed: 21st Century Great Power Competition

<p>Retired Major General Mick Ryan’s book of 2022, entitled ‘War Transformed: The Future of Twenty-First Century Great Power Competition and Conflict’ provides vital insights into the design and

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The US Mid-term Elections 2022: A Review

Now the results of the 2022 ‘mid-term’ election are known, join us for a review of the outcome. What does it mean for the United States, Australia and the rest of the world? Will President Biden be able to continue his ambitious domestic policy reforms or is that dream over? Is Donald Trump’s political adventure finally over? What will be the impact on US foreign policy? Were the polls right or wrong this time? Does the outcome of the election give us an idea of who will be the... [More]
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The US Mid-term Elections 2022: A Review

<p>Now the results of the 2022 ‘mid-term’ election are known, join us for a review of the outcome. What does it mean for the United States, Australia and the rest of the world? Will President Biden be

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The US Mid-term Elections 2022: A Review

<p>Now the results of the 2022 ‘mid-term’ election are known, join us for a review of the outcome. What does it mean for the United States, Australia and the rest of the world? Will President Biden be

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Catherine Belton - Putin's People and Their Challenge to the West

British journalist Catherine Belton’s book of 2020, entitled ‘Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West’ is arguably the best single volume treatment of the rise of Vladimir Putin, and the various ways in which he and his entourage have waged a concerted campaign to expand Russian influence and to undermine Western institutions. The book reveals how Putin replaced the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who,... [More]
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Catherine Belton - Putin's People and Their Challenge to the West

<p>British journalist Catherine Belton’s book of 2020, entitled ‘Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West’ is arguably the best single volume treatment of the rise of

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Disappearing Minorities in the Middle East

The Middle East is home to a number of communities, some of which have experienced substantial reduction in numbers and they are running the risk of disappearing in their home countries. Though some of these communities emerge and may thrive in the diaspora there will have no or very little presence in their homeland. There are even communities that disappeared completely. This lecture will examine the situation of Assyrians, the Yezidis, the Sabean/Mandaeans, the Ahl al-Ḥaqq... [More]
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Disappearing Minorities in the Middle East

<p>The Middle East is home to a number of communities, some of which have experienced substantial reduction in numbers and they are running the risk of disappearing in their home countries. Though

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Russia in Ukraine

Why did Putin invade Ukraine and what are the consequences for Russia, Ukraine and the world? Consider the wider issues. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face [More]
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Russia in Ukraine

<p>Why did Putin invade Ukraine and what are the consequences for Russia, Ukraine and the world? Consider the wider issues.</p>

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The Syrian Quagmire

It is said that ISIS was driven out of Syria and Iraq. However, the current reality in Syria shows that remnants of this so-called Islamic Caliphate still has a menacing presence. This lecture will examine the current key players including Turkey, Iran and Russian and their role in the on-going conflict . DELIVERY MODE Online COURSE OUTLINE Identifying key players in the Syrian theater Assess current situation on the ground LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students... [More]
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The Syrian Quagmire

<p>It is said that ISIS was driven out of Syria and Iraq. However, the current reality in Syria shows that remnants of this so-called Islamic Caliphate still has a menacing presence. This lecture will

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