Dr Karin von Strokirch

Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Karin von Strokirch

Phone: +61 2 6773 3132

Email: kvonstro@une.edu.au

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, 2002, University of New England
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 1995, La Trobe University, Tahitian Autonomy: Illusion or Reality?
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics, 1985, University of Melbourne

Teaching Areas

Coordination which includes unit materials, teaching face to face/online, & marking:

  • Every year PAIS103 International Relations: An Australian Perspective
  • Odd year PAIS314/514 Twenty-first Century International Relations
  • Even year PAIS315/515 Contemporary Challenges to Global Security
  • Odd year PAIS316/516 Paradise Lost? Governance in the Pacific

Research Interests

  • natural resources, environment, politics and security in the Pacific Islands
  • proliferation and strategies to control nuclear weapons
  • Australian foreign policy - climate change, arms control, national and regional security

Research Supervision Experience

Current supervisor of the following PhDs:
  • Mosmi Bhim, Authoritarian democracies in small island developing states, commenced 2015
  • Peter Crawford, Non-traditional security issues in the Asia Pacific, commenced 2017
Co-supervisor of UNE postdoctoral fellow
  • Dr Thomas Kehoe, Social control, counter-insurgency, and reconstruction: A history of US military government, from post-World War Two Germany and Japan to the 21st century, 2017-2019
Principal supervisor of successful PhD completions:
  • Vincent Blokker, Non-State actors in maritime security: An analysis of their impact on piracy, irregular migration, and illegal fishing, 2016
  • Zahid Ahmed, Regionalism and Regional Security in South Asia: An Examination of the Role and Achievements of SAARC, 2012
  • Ken Fraser, Evolution and the ontological question in International Relations, with reference to the case of the Islamic caliphate, 2008
  • John Moss, Honouring the pledge: Australian and New Zealand Defence Cooperation: 1944-1972, 2006
  • Bruce Hunt, Papua New Guinea in Australia’s strategic thinking, 1880 -1977: the path to the 1977 statement on the defence relationship, 2003 (received a UNE council commendation)
Supervisor of successful Honours and M.Litt theses and HUMS508 major research projects
  • Peter Crawford, Imprints of Whitlam policies on contemporary Commonwealth government policies and the nation, HUMS508, 2016
  • Diana Fear, Why did the Syrian opposition rise up but then fail in its bid to reform or remove the al-Assad regime?, Hons, 2016
  • John Goff, West Papua - Independence?, HUMS508, 2015
  • Paul Moffatt, A symbiotic relationship; political instability and Fijian constitutionalism, Hons, 2014
  • Lynn Gailey, The past as a guide to the future: Facing the challenge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Hons, 2013
  • James Tosh, UNASUR and ALBA: Viable ‘post liberal’ alternatives to neoliberal regionalism, or empty rhetoric?, Hons,2012
  • Brett Loughlin, The nature and efficacy of Australia’s strategies to combat terrorism in Southeast Asia, Hons, 2006
  • Robert Wall, How the influences of oil and God affect US policy under George W.Bush towards Israel and Iraq, Hons, 2004
  • Ken Fraser, Poles apart: legitimacy, solidarism and strategy in two models of state system, Hons, 2004
  • John Moss, Implications of the ANZUS rift for Australasian defence relations: A study of ANZAC cooperation under the fourth New Zealand Labour government, M.Litt, 2001

Publications

Research Highlights

  • chaired a conference in 2015 and edited in 2016 a special issue of Social Alternatives on Abbott government policies featuring seven UNE Humanities authors
  • published a condensed version of PhD on the impact of the French presence and nuclear testing on politics in Tahiti in the Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders
  • co-edited a book on Pacific leadership
  • contributed five chapters to edited books
  • as an invited expert wrote seven articles on French Polynesia and twelve articles (10,000 words long) on comparative politics and regional trends in the Pacific Islands for The Contemporary Pacific; an A ranked refereed journal published by University of Hawaii Press

Publications in detail

Edited journal

Editor, special issue on “Abbott’s war on everything and its casualties”, Social Alternatives, Issue 2, 2016

Edited Book

Co-editor with Peter Larmour and Donald Shuster, Leadership in the Pacific, Micronesia Area Research Centre, University of Guam, Manilao, and the National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, 1998, pp149

Chapters in books

“The role of legitimacy in non-proliferation policy: A critique of the Bush administration”, Legitimation and the State, eds Graham Young and Graham Maddox, Kardoorair Press, Armidale, 2005

“The role of France in Pacific Islands Security”, Security in Oceania in the 21st Century, edited by Eric Shibuya and Jim Rolfe, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, 2003

"Gaston Flosse: a recipe for longevity in Tahitian politics", in Donald Shuster, Peter Larmour and Karin von Strokirch (eds), Leadership in the Pacific, Micronesia Area Research Centre University of Guam, Manilao, and the National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, 1998, pp.65-74

Author on French Polynesia, "The nuclear Pacific", Cambridge History of the Pacific Islanders, Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp.324-359

"The Asian region: does Hanson matter?", in B.Grant (ed) Pauline Hanson - The Politics of One Nation, University of New England Press, 1997, pp.114-128

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Abbott’s war on the environment and Turnbull’s hot air”, in special issue on: Abbott’s war on everything and its casualties, Social Alternatives, Issue 2, 2016

The Contemporary Pacific is an international refereed journal published by University of Hawaii Press that is ranked as category A in Australian rankings of journals. These are not the usual short ‘reviews’ but rather 10,000 word articles engaging in detailed analysis of regional trends based on original primary research.

"The region in review: International issues and events, 2007", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.20, No.2, Fall 2008, pp424 – 448, on deforestation and forestry practices

"The region in review: International issues and events, 2005 and 2006", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.19, No.2, Fall 2007, pp552 – 577 on climate change, natural disasters and regional fisheries

"The region in review: International issues and events, 2004", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.17, No.2, Fall 2005, on small arms trafficking, corruption and HIV/AIDS

"The region in review: International issues and events, 2003", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.16, No.2, Fall 2004, on Australian policy towards the Pacific Islands

"The region in review: International issues and events, 2002", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.15, No.2, Fall 2003

"The region in review: International issues and events, 2001", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.14, No.2, Fall 2002

"French Polynesia in review", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.14, No.1, Spring 2002

"The region in review: International issues and events, 2000", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.13, No.2, Fall 2001

"French Polynesia in review", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.13, No.1, Spring 2001

"French Polynesia in review", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.12, No.1, Spring 2000, pp221-227

"French Polynesia in review", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.11, No.1, Spring 1999

"The region in review: International issues and events, 1997", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.10, No.2, Fall 1998, pp412-423

"French Polynesia in review", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.10, No.1, Spring 1998, pp198-205

"The region in review: International issues and events, 1996", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.9, No.2, Fall 1997, pp448-457

"French Polynesia in review", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.9, No.1, Spring 1997, pp227-233

"The region in review: International issues and events, 1995", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.8, No.2, Fall 1996, pp410-417

"French Polynesia in review", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.8, No.1, Spring 1996, pp182-187

"Pacific campaign weakens French testing resolve" Journal of Pacific History, Vol.30, No.3, 1995

"French Polynesia in review", The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.7, No.1, Spring 1995, pp144-148

"Recent political developments in French Polynesia 1991 - 1993" Journal of Pacific History, December 1993, pp72-80

"The impact of nuclear testing on politics in French Polynesia", Journal of Pacific History, Vol.26, No.2, December 1991, pp330-346

Articles for other academic publications

"The political fallout from French testing in the Pacific", Pacific Research, Vol.8, No.3, August 1995, pp5-8

"Revamping the rationale for French nuclear deterrence" SDSC Newsletter, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU, Spring 1995, pp1 & 4

Articles for non-academic publications

"And who is to blame?" (story on the assassination of Theodore Miriung, Premier of Bougainville) Pacific Islands Monthly, November 1996, p.43

"Arms race control an imperative", The Australian, newspaper, 17 September 1996, p13

"Potential problems for nuclear test ban treaty" UNE Smiths Weekly, Vol.37, No.15, 2 August 1996, pp1-2

"Making sense of the Tahitian elections", Pacific News Bulletin, Vol.11, No.6, June 1996, pp5-6

Entries on Fiji, the Pacific Islands, and Papua New Guinea for The 1996 Worldbook Yearbook, The Annual Supplement to the Worldbook Encyclopedia, p165; pp264-267; p268

"US nuclear trials test CTB credibility", The Australian newspaper, 8 November 1995, p25

"Nuclear: it's French for power", The Australian newspaper, 12 September 1995, p15

"France opens nuclear Pandora's box in the South Pacific", ANU Reporter, Vol.26, No.11, 28 June 1995, p7

"Land rights disputes in French Polynesia: the Pomare Party", Pacific Islands Monthly, December 1992, pp16-17

"French Polynesia: Charter of disillusionment" Pacific Islands Monthly, November 1992, pp12-15

"France and Tahiti clash over budgetary control", Pacific Islands Monthly, September 1992

"Atoll Order", Australian Left Review, October 1991, pp6-7

"Fiji coup: Guns and talk", Asian Bureau Monthly, 1987

"Coup d'Etat: The Fijian response" Arena, Vol.80, 1987, pp35-41

"African rural women", Melbourne Journal of Politics, 1986/1987, pp142-157

Book Reviews

Review of Stephanie Lawson’s International Relations, Polity Press, Oxford, 2003, for Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol.39, No.2, July 2004

Review of David Dickens and Guy Wilson-Roberts (eds) Non-intervention and state sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific and Richard Barker and Charles Morrison (eds) Asia Pacific Security Outlook 2000 197pp for Political Science, June 2001

Review of Werner vom Busch et.al. editors, New Politics in the South Pacific, The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.10, No.1, Spring 1998, pp271-273

Miscellaneous Editing

Copy editor of D.Horner, The Gunners: A History of the Australian Artillery, Allen & Unwin, 1995

Editing of numerous working papers and monographs for the publications program of the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies at Monash University, 1990 - 1993

Copy editor of M.Peake, Pacific People and Change, Cambridge Press, 1991

Editor of I'm glad I did not give up - a cancer patient's experiences, Melbourne, 1988

Guest editor of Pacific Issues, Uniting Church, No.3, Melbourne, 1987

Conference and Seminar Papers

“Abbott’s war on the environment”, Humanities research symposium, Abbott’s war on everything & Turnbull decides…, University of New England, 2015

“Abbott’s way: International pariah or saviour of the national interest”, Australian Political Studies Association, Australian National University, Canberra, 2015

“Coalition foreign policy – The good the bad and the ugly”, Humanities research seminar series, University of New England, 2014

“Mining in West Papua”, Mining and sustainability conference, University of New England, 2013

“Australian and US nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament policy”, Australian Political Science Association APSA conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 2012

“International relations in the Pacific”,Humanities research seminar series, University of New England, 2011

“Regionalism as a link in environmental governance”, Ancient solutions and contemporary challenges conference, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 2010

“A critique of Australian policy on West Papua” Pacific Islands Political Studies Association conference, Noumea, New Caledonia, December 2004

“Humanitarian intervention in the Pacific”, Pacific Islands conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 2004

“Legitimacy in arms control and non-proliferation: A Critique of the Bush administration”, Presented to the ‘Legitimation and the State conference’, School of Social Science, University of New England, Australia, 9-10 February 2004

"Howard's new Pacific Islands policy: A Critique", Political and International Studies seminar series, School of Social Science, University of New England, 29 August 2003

"The United States as a threat to the world", Political and International Studies public lecture, School of Social Science, University of New England, 9 May 2003

Organiser and speaker on panel critiquing the US war on Iraq, Armidale town hall, March 2003

“The role of France in Pacific Islands Security”, Security in Oceania in the 21st Century, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2001

Organiser and speaker in an international relations forum on Making sense of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, University of New England, September 2001

Organiser and speakers in an international relations forum on the Making Sense of the Kosovo crisis, University of New England, 1999

Speaker alongside Dr Habib Zafarullah and Associate Professor Howard Brasted at public panel discussion on “Implications of the Nuclear Tests in India and Pakistan”, Asia Centre seminar series, University of New England, 1 June 1998

“The Legacy of Nuclear Testing in the Pacific”, Chauvel Seminar, University of New England, 12 May 1998

"Transboundary Disposal of Nuclear Waste: Lessons for the Marshalls", From Dependency to Freedom - Charting the Future of the Marshall Islands, a conference held at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, October 1997

"Nuclear waste in the Pacific: Imperatives and consequences", Political Science seminar series, University of New England, Armidale, April 1997

"Nuclear Issues in the Pacific Islands", Regional Seminar on Nuclear Issues, South Pacific Forum, Suva, March 1997

"Political leadership in Tahiti", Pacific Islands Political Studies Association international conference, Palau, December 1996

"French perspectives on a Comprehensive Test Ban", Pacific Islands seminar series, RSPAS, Australian National University, 18 May 1995

"The suspension of nuclear testing: Implications for French Polynesia", Pacific History Association international conference, Christchurch, 2-9 December 1992

"Obstacles to independence in French Polynesia: The role of the local political elite", Political Science seminar series, La Trobe University, 15 October 1992

"Tahiti in crisis: Events since the 1991 territorial elections", ", Pacific Islands seminar series, RSPAS, Australian National University, 2 October 1992

"Constraints on autonomy in French Polynesia", Pacific Islands Political Studies Association international conference (and organiser of conference), Monash University, 16-18 December 1991

"The politics of nuclear testing in French Polynesia", France in the Pacific international conference, Australian National University, January 1991

"Human rights in China after Tiananmen Square", Amnesty International seminar, Melbourne, 1990

Memberships

Australian Institute for International Affairs

Australian Political Studies Association

Australians for War Powers Reform

Further Information

Service to UNE
  • Course coordinator of Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of International Language Studies 2005-2017
  • Convenor of UNE Humanities research seminar series 2013-2017
  • Convenor of annual UNE Humanities Research Day
  • Member of UNE Level B & C Promotions Committee 2014-2015
  • SHUM representative UNE Library Advisory Committee 2014-2015
  • Representative for SHUM on UNE Trimester working group 2014-2015
  • Liaison person for SHUM with UNE Special Needs Office 2014-2016
  • Organiser of SHUM Celebration of Books & SHUM display Bool Open Day 2014
  • Media commentary on politics and foreign policy for regional ABC radio
  • Liaison Earle Page College Annual Politics Lecture
Reviewer or referee for:
  • East West Center (Hawaii)
  • Australian Journal of International Affairs;
  • Global Peace, Politics and Change
  • Pacific Affairs
  • Nations and Nationalism
  • Journal of Pacific History