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Culture Mandala Preview (Volume 7, No. 1, December 2005): -

China's Space Program: A Strategic and Political Analysis by Rosita Dellios
The Emptiness of Codependent Origination by Maggie Grey
The Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka by Cathrin Thodock

The South China Sea - From Within by Karsten von Hoesslin
Reflections on a Forgotten Secretary-General by Michael Platzer
Human Development Part 2: Ancient Kingship, Modern Politicians and the Problem of Corruption in India by Ratan Lal Basu
Review of John M. Hobson The Eastern Origins of Western Civilization by Reg Little
Centre Report: Barcelona's Casa Asia

Study Guides 2006 -

Eurasia 2006 (Undergraduate Study Guide)
Latin America in the International System (Undergraduate Study Guide)

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Freedom House provides a range of advocacy reports and updates on democracy, human rights and press freedom at

The International Crisis Group has a wide range of updates and research papers on crises across the globe at

The Internet Archive has a wide range of text, audio and video material on a wide range of political, cultural and historical topics, organised by subject.

A range of critical analysis and news reports on Eurasia, Russia and Central Asia can be found via the The Eurasia Internet at

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The Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural 
and Economic Studies
The Culture Mandala is a non-technical Bulletin aimed at increasing academic and public awareness of cultural and political affairs which impact on international relations, globalisation and East-West Relations.

The Culture Mandala, Volume 6, no. 2, 2005

Reflections on Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia:
Why do the Philippines and Singapore Differ?

by Rachel Caoili

Discourses on Empire: From National Sovereignty
to Global Power Distributions in the 21st Century

by Michael Hoy

The Rise of China as a Global Power
by Rosita Dellios

Viewpoints: Crimes to Come in the Tsunami Zone
by Karsten von Hoesslin

Viewpoints: Why the Human Development Index Does not Measure Up to Ancient Indian Standards
by Ratan Lal Basu

Centre Report: Burmese and Thai Esoterica - From the Golden Pagoda of Shwedagon
to the Sacred Sites of Si Thammarat

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The Culture Mandala, 6 no. 1, 2003:

The Cosmopolitan Epoch: Configuring a Just World Order
by Dawn Carey

A Mandala for the Southeast Asian International System
by Siska Lund
The Transnational Politics of Cuban Music and Cuban Culture
by R. James Ferguson

Confucian Ethics and the Envronment
by Li Tianchen

When Civilizations Compete - A Review of Early China / Ancient Greece:
Thinking Through Comparisons

by Reg Little
Review of The Diamond Sutra: The Perfection of Wisdom
by Trevor Carolan

Making the Spirit Sing - A Review of Trevor Carolan's Return to Stillness:
Twenty Years with a Tai Chi Master

by R. James Ferguson

Pod, MP3 and Audio Briefings and Documentaries -

A range of useful documentaries, lectures, and interviews are now emerging on a number of websites globally. Formats vary, with automatic pod broadcastes, mp3 downlands, and audio-on-demand being used in different combinations. Useful starting places include: -

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) downloadable audio documentaries (including Background Briefing, Correspondent's Report, Religion Report, and The Science Show, can be acccess via

The BBC History Archive with interviews of experts is available in audio-on-demand at

The BBC Documentary Archive has a wide range of MP3 download files on range of political, international, and environmental topics at

The Podcast Directory lists a wide range of political and cultural resources and sites in audio and download format at

A range of Podcast Software can be found at (This is usually only needed if you automatic downloads and updates onto your computer.)

The Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural 
and Economic Studies

The Culture Mandala is a non-technical Bulletin aimed at increasing academic and public awareness of cultural and political affairs which impact on international relations, globalisation and East-West Relations.

The Culture Mandala, 5 no. 1, 2002:

Dogs of War or Tomorrow's Peacekeepers?
by Tanya Cook
Diplomatic Adventurism in Indonesia?
by Anne Cullen
Political Poets: Exposed
by Lisa Davidson

The Museumification of the Village:
Cultural Subversion in the 21st Century

by Paulette Dellios
The Rasa of Leadership in Contemporary Asia: The Nexus of Politics, Culture and Social Performance
by R. James Ferguson
Zen and Wall Street: Profile of a Philosopher Investor
by Martin Lu
On Two Ancient Chinese Administrative Ideas: Rule of Virtue and Rule by Law

by Zhang Xiangming
Conference Report: The Future of Development and the Development of the Future
by Rosita Dellios

Latin America in the International System

Lecture Archive 2004-2005

1. An Introduction to Latin America in the Global System:
Places, Themes, Legacies and Uneven Development (2005)

2. Latin America in Transition:
From Colonisation to Nationalism to Globalisation (2005)

3.  Mexico in Progress and Crisis: From Cortes to NAFTA (2005)

4.  Cuba: Revolution, Resistance and Globalisation (2005)

5. Colombia: Paradox, Intervention and Survival (2005)

6. Brazil: A Revisionist Great Power or Fragmented Development (2005)?

7. The Struggle for Democracy: Chile and Argentina (2005)

8. Regional Organisations and Political Regionalism: Hemispheric and Southern Cone Systems (2005)

9. The Latin American Search for Security and Foreign Policy Convergence (2005)

12. The Quest for Stability - From Dependence to Interdependence (2005)

The Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural 
and Economic Studies

The Culture Mandala, 4 no. 2, 2001:

The Game of Leapfrog and the Internet: Developing Countries 
and the Information-Divide

by Jill Margerison

Daoist Perspectives on Chinese and Global Environmental Management
by Rosita Dellios

Healing the Wound: Some Cross-Cultural Challenges to Australia-Indonesia Relations
by Freddy K. Kalidjernih

Internationalisation of Japanese Education in the 21st Century
by Glenn Stockwell

Conference Report: Cultural Heat in Yunnan

Eurasia Lecture Program 2002-2005
Eurasia explores new trends in Russia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, the Newly Independent States, regions such as Siberia and Tibet, and Asia-Europe relations. It provides an overview of areas often ignored in traditional international relations courses, and analyses current trends and future prospects in detail. The subject looks at a wide range of political, economic, cultural and strategic issues that are reshaping Eurasia, especially through 1992-2004. Turbulence in Afghanistan and Iraq have renewed the urgency of reconstruction in the region.

Archive 2005
1. Eurasia: Super-region or Zone of Conflict? (2005)

2. From Russian Empire to Eurasian Power (2005)

3. Kazakhstan: From Exploitation to Nationhood in Central Asia (2005)

4. An Arc of Instability? Security Dilemmas in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (2005)

5. Russia-China Relations: The Bear and the Dragon (2005)

6. Siberia, the Russian Far East, and the 'Future Land' (2005)

8. Meeting on the Road: Islamic Culture and the Politics of Sufism (2005)

9. Turkey's Multi-Regional Perspective (2005)

10. The Reconstruction of Afghanistan: From War to Democracy (2005)

11. Tibet: From Buddhist Polity to Invasion and Diaspora (2005)

12. Avenues out of Crisis: Global Imperatives for a Stable Eurasia (2005)

Archive B

B4: Japan and Eurasia (2004: Summary Powerpoint Slides)

B12a. The Wider Eurasia Framework: ASEAM and Fragile Trilateralism (2004, Word document)

A4. An Arc of Instability?: Security Dilemmas in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan,
and Chechnya (2003)

A9. Regional Connectivities: Turkey, Iran, and the New Great Game (2002)
A10. Geopolitics of the Silk Road (2002)

Selected Research Papers from
The Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies

1. Chinese Strategic Culture - Part 1
by  Dr Rosita Dellios

4. Meeting on the Road: Cosmopolitan Islamic Culture and the Politics of Sufism
by Dr R. James Ferguson

5. Religious Liberty as a Paradigm for the Development of Human Rights
by Alexandra Merritt

6. China's Nuclear Environment and the US Theatre Missile Defence Initiative
by Mitchell McGuire

8. China and the Emerging Eurasian Agenda: From Special Interests 
to Strategic Cooperation 

by Dr R. James Ferguson

9. Strategic Powers in a Post-September 11, Post-American World: 
The European Union and China

by Dr Heather Field and Dr Rosita Dellios

10. Mandala: From Sacred Origins to Sovereign Affairs
in Traditional Southeast Asia

by Dr Rosita Dellios

11. Development of Eco-Tourism in Tribal Regions of Orissa: Potential and Recommendations
 by Dr Nilakantha Panigrahi

12. Rome and Parthia: Power Politics and Diplomacy Across Cultural Frontiers

by Dr R. James Ferguson

Alternative Globalisations and Advanced Global Politics
4. The Contested Role of Culture in International Relations (2005)
6. Economic Cultures: From Barefoot Economists to Davos Inc (2005)
7. From Economies to Ecologies: Contested Visions of Sustainability (2005)
9. The World City:  Singapore, Shanghai, Berlin, Dar es Salaam and Beyond (2005)
10.  Scripts for Cooperation and Protest - People Power,  Low-Violence Strategies, and Cosmopolitan Governance (2005)
8&11. Poverty, Aid and Development -Summary and References (2005)
12. The New International Relations - From Crisis Management to Strategic Governance (2005)
Prospects for International Relations (2001): 

Trends for the International Future: Futures Studies has become part of the set of specialisations to be found within the discipline of International Relations (IR). IR does not have a monopoly on this field of inquiry (Futures Studies are, by nature, interdisciplinary), but IR does have its own particular research interest in Future Studies because of its intrinsic concern with the dynamics of the international political system. NB Please see Dr Dellios' Bond University pages for updated lectures.

I-II: Studying the Future - Who, How and Why (2001)
III:Forecasting in International Relations (2001)
IV: Continuty & Change in International Relations (2001)
V: Changing Agendas: From StarsWars to Globalisation Wars and Back to Star War Again (2001)
VI-IX: Issues Areas: The Internet, Globalisation, Cosmopolitanism, China as a Global Power (2001)
X: Constructing Futures - Including the Mandala Model (2001)
XI: Scenarios - The Probable and the Preferable (2001)

Australia and the Asia-Pacific (2004-2005)

1. Introduction: From Australasia to the Indo-Pacific Region (2005)
2. Australian Foreign Policy - From Commonwealth Servant to Regional Player (2005)
3. The Transformation of Indonesia (1997-2005) and its Regional Significance (2005)
4. An Asia-Pacific 'Concert-of-Powers' or Strategic Imbalance? (2005)
5. Australian Defence Policy: Old Methods and New Threats? (2005)
6. ASEAN Plus?: The Drivers of Open Regionalism (2005)
7.  Asia-Pacific Patterns of Transnational Transition:
Foci of Instability and Underdevelopment (2005)
8. The Meeting of Cultures in the Pacific (2005)
9. The Not So Peaceful Pacific (2005)
10. South Asia and the Indian Ocean: Cooperation or Institutionalised Conflict? (2005)
11. Regional Engagement and Competing Regionalisms (2005)
12. Regionalism, Development and Peace?:
Future-Directed Policies for the Indo-Pacific Region (2005)

Archive A

International Relations, Diplomacy and Governance Briefs:
1. The America India Foundation

2. ASEM Beyond 2001

3. River System Management (by Adrian Gepp)

Former President Clinton to be involved
in the AIF
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SpecialTopic in International Relations (2001-2005):

Islam and Contemporary Civilization


Sample Video Briefing

Indian Culture: India and Beyond
Features images of Konark Temple and Odissi Dance performed by Sonali. With thanks to the International Institute for Development Studies (Australia and India) and the Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Orissa.
(10 minute section of a longer documentary in Realplayer video format. This may take about 10 minutes to load on a dial-up modem. )

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    The Buddhism Vertical Portal provides a range of useful resources on this expanding religion.
    Buddhism Resources is a useful site with buddhism related news, books and web resources
    Key Word Map on the Internet is a useful index of key ideas on the internet.
    Hamau is new Web Directory that has a range of useful reference links. has a wide range of resources for news, science, art and business.

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    A range of useful news coverage (global, regional, and Australian) will be found in The Age newspaper, at

    Al Nakhlah is a useful on-line journal of Southwest Asian and Islamic affairs, published by the Fletcher School of Tufts University, with the current issues and archives available via

    A number of useful research papers (and other publications), focusing on Australian politics and international relations, can be located from the online page of the Parliament of Australian Parliamentary Library at

    The Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict
    has a useful website with numerous publications researching security, conflict and peace studies issues.

    The Caribbean Community (Caricom) webpage contain useful updates and news briefings, found at

    The Center for Economic Policy Analysis
    from the New School University has a website which features a large number of Working Papers on economic, development and social policy.

    The Central Eurasia Studies Review provides a range of useful articles and reviews (in html and pdf format) on Eurasia and Central Asia on their website at

    Information on Peace Initiatives and other analyses of Colombia will be found at the Centre for International Policies' Colombia Project, located at

    Comparative Connections, an E Journal of East Asian Bilateral Relations, provides a range of useful articles at

    The Counterpunch political newsletter provides a wide range of critical (and radical) commentary on world affairs at
    The CSCAP (Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific) homepage provides a range of useful information on its roles via

    EnviroLink Network provides a wide range of environmental news and resources at

    The ESCAP (UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) homepage can be found at A free database that includes a wide range of articles that can be searched by keyword.

    Foreign Policy journal runs a very useful and diversified website at is a useful site for international relations which can provide free, on-line brief translations to and from most major European languages

    The Global Exchange
    Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world.

    The Global Development Network  has a wide range of resources and news on development at

    The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has a range of materials on refugees and human rights, which can be accessed via

    Human Rights Watch (Worldwide) provides a range of useful reports on human rights, politics and democratisation at
    The International Atomic Energy Agency 
    The IAEA has a range of useful documents, including reports of current meetings with Iran, and comprehensive documents including a Handbook on Nuclear Law.
    The International Labour Organisation has an extensive website, with access to detailed histories of the labour movement in the 21st century.
    The International Relations and Security Network
    , a Swiss contribution to Partnership for Peace, has a wide range of news updates, links and in depth pieces.

    The International Women's Development Agency
    has been active for over fifteen years as a non-government orgnisation involved in partnership programs around the world designed to relieve poverty and oppression. Current projects are underway in Bougainville, along the Thai-Burma border and in Vietnam.
    The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance
    is a searchable, on-line journal with a range of useful information on peace and development studies, published by the Department of Peace Studies, the University of Bradford.

    The Journal of World History provides an archive of current and past articles on world perspectives, located at

    The Journal of World-Systems Ressearch 
    A useful on-line journal featuring articles on the environment and world systems theory.

    A wide range of commentary and short articles on Central Asian and Eurasia Affairs will be found at the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies, at

    Le Monde Diplomatique
    This on-line journal (in English as well as French) has a wide range of short critical articles on diplomacy and International Relations. About one quarter of the content allows free access.

    NDI (National Democratic Institute for International Affairs)
    Access Democracy has a useful search engine with documents monitoring elections, democracy and human rights, including pages on Latin America, at

    The Royal Institute of International Affairs
    has a range of useful artilces and briefings on global affairs, most recently on Liberia and Iraq.
    The South Centre
    provides critical perspectives of the UN, reform and other developmental issues, including a regular Bulletin.

    The Summit of the Americas Information System provides useful information and documents on the Summit and related Latim American processes at

    Local Russian Far Eastern news can be found in the Vladivostok News, located at

    Wikipedia is a useful and detailed free web resouce, an open source encyclopedia with over 441,000 articles. Though not peer reviewed, its articles are often a useful starting when read critically. Located at

    The World Values Survey provides a range of useful information on political, social and cultural values mapped across the international system.
    Its homepage is located at

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    Essential tools are now needed to understand the current global system and how nations and communities are reacting to new challenges. Global interdependence means that no nation is unaffected by developments beyond its borders. National economic and social survival is now premised on an international orientation.

    The Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies  has the purpose of facilitating research, teaching and interdisciplinary applications focusing on the interactions among cultural, social, economic and political aspects of international affairs. The Centre examines the changes at the cultural and political levels which have radically altered the international, strategic and economic relationships of the Asia-Pacific and Indo-Pacific regions. 

    East Asian Studies provides an insight into this rapidly changing and important part of the world. New political and economic trends, as well as the deep cultural and civilisational legacies of China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia are studied. Chinese Language and Japanese Language studies are also becoming more important economically and culturally in the global system.

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