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The Sydney Globalist Vol VIII Issue I - "Shifting Seats: Transitions of Power in National Leadership"

The Sydney Globalist Vol VIII Issue I - "Shifting Seats: Transitions of Power in National Leadership"

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The full August 2012 edition of The Sydney Globalist magazine is now up online - with contributions on the theme "Shifting Seats: Transitions of Power in National Leadership".
The full August 2012 edition of The Sydney Globalist magazine is now up online - with contributions on the theme "Shifting Seats: Transitions of Power in National Leadership".

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A1August 2012 | TheSydneyGlobalist
 
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TeSydney Globalist
VOLUME VIII ISSUE I AUGUST 2012
SHIFTINGSEATS
TRANSITIONS OF POWER INNATIONAL LEADERSHIP
 
A2August 2012 | TheSydneyGlobalist
 
1TheSydneyGlobalist | August 2012 Editor-in-Chief Deputy Editor-in-Chief Publisher Assistant Publisher Executive Director Assistant Executive Director Chief Copy Editor Global 21 LiasonOnline Director Artistic DesignAssociate Editors
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The Hon. Catherine Branson QC 
, President, AustralianHuman Rights Commission
 Professor Alan Dupont 
, Senior Fellow at the LowyInstitute for International Policy
 Professor the Hon. Gareth Evans AO QC 
, PresidentEmeritus, International Crisis Group
 Professor Graeme Gill 
, University of Sydney
 Mr. Owen Harries
, Senior Fellow, Centre for Independent Studies
 Professor Michael Jackson
, University of Sydney
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
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Faculty of Law, University of New South WalesSydney Law School, University of SydneyFaculty of Law, University of TechnologyThe Sydney University Business SchoolDepartment of Government & International Relations,University of Sydney
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The University of Sydney UnionThe Sydney University Politics SocietyThe Sydney University Law Society.
 Lewis Hamilton Hitesh Chugh John Fennel  Raihana HaidaryTom Neale James McElroy Rebecca Dang  Laurence Hendry Pristine Ong  Jack Luxford 
 Ra Alam, Nick Boyce, Ben Brooks, Natasha Bur 
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rows, Stephanie Constand, Madeleine King, Dennis Mak, Jahan Navidi, Oswin Perera, Drew Rooke, Michael Shiraev, Dominique Spoelder,Vaishnavi Suryaprakash, ZacThompson, Dmitry Titkov,
Trevor Tsui
 Lucy Bradshaw, Lasya Chi
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trapu, Hae-Ran Chung, SarahCopland, Felix Donovan, Jeremy Elphick, Alicia Gray, Robert Lozelle, Colleen Ma,Timothy Maybury, Nathan McDonnell, Kristin Romano, Erica Taylor, Stephanie Zughbi
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HIS last year has been a signicant one when it comes
to transitions of power. From the edging democraticreforms in Burma that have seen Aung San Suu Kyi rise fromthe political ashes, to the revolutionary and violent uprisingsthroughout the Arab Spring, to the passing of the familytorch from one North Korean dictator to another, and to theextravagant and expensive democratic competition that isensuing in the United States, this year has been a catalyst for change in the upper echelons of national leadership.One thing is certain: transitions of power change nations.The way a country presents itself to the world is shaped by who leads the helm of government. Their internationalreputation, their alignment with other nations and their abilityto maintain internal control and legitimacy, is all banked onwho has the decision-making power to shape their combinednational future. When a change happens, the world watches.For this edition we have asked our authors to watch aswell – and the ideas expressed within these pages are theculmination of extensive research and work. Our lead articlefor this edition—‘Citizens Divided’ by Daniel Zwi—examinesa question critical to the health of American democracy andthe upcoming election: is the free injection of corporate cashinto the U.S. electoral system undermining its representativecharacter?Other contributions to this edition critique leadershiptransitions on a variety of fronts. Sarah Copland leadsus on a trail through the life of a dictator’s spouse and her 
vital inuence over her husband. Dmitry Titkov laments the
Russian democratic process (or lack thereof) and the continued predominance of Vladimir Putin. Both Nicholas Findlater and Helen Xue trace the scandalous downfall of two national
gureheads, and Fabian Di Lizia and Ina Hoxha narrate the
grand tale of the ailing Catholic Church in South America.All the while these articles, amongst others, traceworldwide transformations in leadership. For some nationsthe transition is quick and seamless, for others it is violent,abhorrent. But ultimately we hope that, in this edition, we have
caught a snapshot of signicant changes in leadership around
the world that will no doubt have an effect on internationalrelations for years to come.The Sydney Globalist, while being a key part of the studentexperience at the University of Sydney, is part of somethingmuch bigger. Chapters all across the Global21 network continue to be at the cutting edge of international affairs by providing a platform for engaged students to deliberate on themajor issues facing their world. What began at Yale Universityin 2005 has become an experience shared by thousands of students around the world, and as always we are honoured to play our part.Yours in global affairs,
Lewis Hamilton
 Editor-in-Chief 
A WORD FROM THE EDITOR 
Front Cover image courtesy of Lason Foounten, United Nations Photo from Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

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