It's a great pleasure to welcome you to the new POLSIS newsletter – our bi-annual update on what is happening in the School. The School is a hive of student and staff activity. It’s engaged in a range of extra-curricular and public events in addition to its core business of teaching and research. While we won’t be able to capture all the interesting things happening in POLSIS, we aim to convey something of the intellectual vibrancy in the hope of sustaining your connection to, and interest in, the School’s various activities and achievements.

Most recently, the School was honoured to host former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, who in March launched Fair Share: Competing Claims and Australia’s Economic Future, co-authored by our own Professor Stephen Bell and former head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Michael Keating. Held at Customs House in front of an audience of over 250 people, the event marked the school’s key community engagement event for the year.

This year, we also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Located within POLSIS, and co-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the University of Queensland, the R2P Centre is a critical focal point for producing and disseminating knowledge on the prevention of mass atrocities, and a testament to the School’s commitment to creating positive social change through world-class research.    

In this issue, we also recognize the achievements of our star students, including John de Bhal, who is now bound for Oxford University to study a MPhil in International Relations, and Raditya Kusumaningprang, who will carry the standard for POLSIS in the HASS Three Minute Thesis competition this year.

An additional highlight in this issue is the creation of the POLSIS Alumni Group, which will be hosting a trivia night on Thursday 26 July, where the battle for the crown of POLSIS trivia sovereign will no doubt be fierce!

Your sincerely

Associate Professor Richard Devetak

Head of School

School of Political Science and International Studies

University of Queensland