School of Humanities and Social Science
HISTORY SEMINAR SERIES – 2009
HISTORY, TERRORISM AND AUSTRALIA
Associate Professor Wayne Reynolds
When: Friday, 14 August 10am to 11am (with morning tea/coffee afterwards)
Where: Cultural Collections Reading Room (near the Information Common), Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus
Since the publication of the 9/11 Commission’s damning report into the failure of the intelligence community to stop the terrorist attack on the US there has been a major revival in Terrorism Studies. A key feature of this revival is a debate about the extent which the terrorist threat is both global and new. ‘History is no guide to the new terrorism’ argued Rohan Gunaratna, the author of Inside Al Qaeda. In the US there has been a reassessment of the contribution made by various agencies and academic disciplines to the study of terrorism and inevitably historians have joined the fray.
The close intelligence relationship with the US has ensured that Australia has readily embraced the global threat of terrorism but we still await a White Paper on Terrorism which takes into account an Australian study along the lines of the 9/11 Commission Report. The presentation on Friday is a report on the project Doomed to Repeat: Terrorism and the Lessons of History which took shape after the concern expressed in 2006 by the Centre for Homeland Security that there should be more interaction between historians and national security community as part of a trans-disciplinary study into the ‘new wave of terror’.
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Wayne Reynolds was a part of that project and has written on the History of Australian National Security issues. He has provided written submissions to the 2009 Defence White Paper and has published on Australian regional policy and terrorism.
Staff, students and members of the public are welcome to this free seminar
Enquiries to: Michael Ondaatje (Michael.Ondaatje@newcastle.edu.au)