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Palestine and the West: History, Contemporary Realities and Challenges Ahead

Twenty Seventeen is a significant year as it marks important anniversaries pertaining to the issue of Palestine. It is the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 100 years of Australian involvement in Palestine, and 50 years of Israeli Occupation. The 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement set the scene by carving up the region into the modern […]

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The Singapore School: Lessons in Authoritarian Modernism by Michael D. Barr

The scholarship of Stephan Ortmann and Mark R. Thompson has confirmed that Singapore’s ruling elite consciously presents itself as a governance model, suitable for emulation. This paper critically assesses Singapore’s role as a possible reference for China’s leadership in particular. The paper considers both potentially transferable ideological elements of the ‘Singapore model’ – meritocracy, technocracy, […]

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The Influence of Classical Stoicism on the Western Political Tradition by Lisa Hill

It is commonly held that, due to the assumed fatalism of Stoicism and its emphasis on ‘apatheia’ (resignation), the Stoics were socially and politically conservative. This paper argues that, in principle at least, they were politically radical and in a manner that profoundly shaped the way we think about others and how they ought to […]

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