That transparency is important and a good thing is so well known that it is rather hard to find even brief excursions into why this is the case. This makes it quite rewarding to revisit the concept itself as well as to explore the diverse arenas in which asymmetries in transparency can shape the course and outcome of events. This intellectual journey can take us into any number of important bilateral relationships, not least with China, and into some of the murkier corners of the nuclear non-proliferation campaign since the conclusion of the NPT.
About the Speaker
Ron Huisken joined the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU, in 2001 where he focussed, in particular, on US and Chinese security policies, multilateral security processes in East Asia and arms control. Dr Huisken spent nearly 20 years in government with the departments of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Defence, and Prime Minister & Cabinet. Prior to government, he worked with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the University of Malaya, and the United Nations secretariat in New York. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Western Australia and the Royal Stockholm University, and a PhD in international relations from the ANU.