Anti war history07/22/14
From the Boer War to now, it is hardly controversial to say that modern history has been marked by war and its legacies. Numerous violent conflicts have scarred more or less every continent in the 20th century. But what if we examine this era from a...
'Hard' Versus 'Soft' Power
A forum on the exercise of geo-political power in the Asia-Pacific.
Should national civic service be compulsory for all Australians?
The global governance deficit
Cyber security, financial stability, epidemic diseases...we are increasingly facing problems of a global nature. Yet global governance has so far failed to keep pace with the complexity of these challenges. International organisations or regional...
Ian Buruma: a history of 1945
From the ruins and desolation of War World Two new hope emerged and with it an opportunity to rebuild, reshape and re-imagine society. But is the post war consensus in danger of unravelling?
The Australian Paradox
Nick Bryant tells Paul Barclay there is far more to Australia than old fashioned stereotypes.
A brief history of liberty
A brief history of liberty and its lessons. The concept of freedom celebrates the un-dominated man and woman, who is able to look others in the eye without deference – thanks to political equality, legal status and social security. This ideas has been...
A panel of experts give their views on the right to free speech at the 2014 Constitution Day Speaker’s Forum.
Globalisation and cultural identity
Globalisation and new technology have radically changed our world and our society Working and living in foreign countries is very common. Instant communication and information exchange worldwide is taken for granted. But how does this increased...
Smaller government, bigger economy?
If we shrink the size of government will the private sector fill the breach and create a bigger economy?
Time for a change?
Should the Queen be the last Australian monarch? An IQ Squared debate about the wisdom of constitutional change when Queen Elizabeth is no longer on the throne.
Advancing manufacturing in Australia
The US manufacturing industry is on the up, while in Australia the sector is taking one hit after the other, with not only the car industry wandering off to low labour cost countries. It is no longer possible to keep the Australian manufacturing...
Paris During The Great War
The Parisian joie de vivre never entirely evaporated during the Great War
Exiled Jewish doctor Kooshyar Karimi was forced by the Islamic Intelligence Service to spy on the Jewish-Iranian community, which led to the arrest of 13 people. this incident caused an international outcry in 1999. The reason why Kooshyar Karimi got...
Australians have a high standard of living and a social safety net. Two views on how political leadership and our system of government have contributed to our success.
Science and faith
Is it possible to reconcile faith and science - particularly when talking about the origin of the universe? For decades the hostilities have been mounting and it seems neither side can see reason.
Tara Moss and the 'fictional woman'
Tara Moss's road to success has not been inexorable, or untroubled.
The qualities of leadership
The Cranlana Programme is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of our leaders in business, government and the community. Their objective is to cultivate wisdom in leadership.
Digital ideas for the classroom
In a rapidly modernising world, technology is more important than ever in doing business, communication and social life... but what about in the classroom? A number of innovative schoolteachers have been combining learning with social media, video...
In his own life, American author Andrew Solomon has experienced discrimination because of his homosexuality and in this address to the Sydney Writers Festival he talks about the impact of difference, in his own life, and in the lives of the families...
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