03 October 2008

Diminishing Conflict In Timor-Leste ANU Seminar 14 October 2008

A conversation series in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

From 5.00 pm, Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre

What it's all about:

Why do conflicts within states sometimes wane (e.g., Khalistan, Free Quebec)? Are they simply smashed by superior state force? Do generations run out energy? Do skilful governments ameliorate injustice? Do foreign interventions and peace mediations work? Do foreign backers stop backing? What combination of all these?

Such questions tax many of us in the College, and we bring to bear on them the lenses of every discipline from history and anthropology to economics and strategic studies.

'Diminishing Conflicts', therefore, seemed a fruitful theme for a series of winter conversations, inspired by the successful 'Keywords' conversations of last winter.

Each week in 'Diminishing Conflicts' (the ambiguity of the title is intentional) a speaker will discuss an example where internal conflicts have waned, diminished or apparently disappeared. Speakers will attempt to explain why. Audiences will be invited to intervene.

14 October – Timor-Leste: Susan Harris-Rimmer

21 October – East Asia:Historical conflict and reconciliation: Tessa Morris-Suzuki

28 October – Papua New Guinea Southern Highlands: Nicole Haley

All of the sessions will be recorded, where possible.

Speaker/Host: Susan Harris-Rimmer - ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre
Date: Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Website: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au
Enquiries: Darren Boyd on 6125 4289, Pam Wesley-Smith on 6125 2221

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