[TimorLesteStudies] Lecture: The National Interest, Strategic Non-violence, and the Independence of East Timor

Jenny Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
Mon Aug 4 09:45:44 EST 2008

Public Lecture
The National Interest, Strategic Non-violence, and the Independence 
of East Timor

Dr Fernandes provides a critical evaluation of what is often 
portrayed as a noble moment in Australia's history of overseas 
interventions. He shows that a series of Australian strategists and 
policymakers had argued that Australia's national interest required 
it to support the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. He shows how 
this conception of the national interest was challenged by a 
coalition of activists who maintained a long-running campaign of 
non-violent opposition to official policy, and demonstrates that 
Australian policymakers were compelled to send in a peacekeeping 
force in 1999 under the pressure of a tidal wave of public outrage. 
This outrage did not arise spontaneously; rather, it was the result 
of a conscious process of strategic non-violent action by a 
transnational coalition of activists. Dr Fernandes concludes with 
lessons and implications for the future.

Dr Clinton Fernandes is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Studies with 
the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW @ ADFA. His 
principal research area is 'International Relations and Strategy'. He 
focuses on the 'National Interest' in Australia's external relations.

This is lecture is a part of the ANU-TOYOTA Public Lecture Series 
2008. Presetned by the
ANU International Relations Society.

Speaker/Host: Dr Clinton Fernandes, UNSW @ ADFA
Venue: Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy Lecture Theatre (HB1), 
Hedley Bull Centre
Date: Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Enquiries: <mailto:anu.ir.events at gmail.com>Patrick on 6125 4144, 
<mailto:events at anu.edu.au>ANU Events on 6125 4144

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