Big, big thanks to Nicole for letting me know that UQ has posted the video of the talk Michael gave there earlier this month. The five clips are on YouTube and also embedded on this page.
Here is the write-up from that page:
Michael Ware graduated from The University of Queensland where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1994.
After five years with sister-publication Time Magazine, Mr Ware joined CNN in May 2006 and quickly established himself as one of the foremost on-air experts on Iraq, providing comprehensive analysis and reports across all CNN networks.
He was one of the few mainstream reporters to live in Iraq near-continuously since before the American invasion and gained early acclaim due to his willingness to establish contacts with the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Iraqi insurgency. Working in Afghanistan and Iraq for Time Magazine and then CNN, Michael Ware willingly went where no other reporter could or would. While on assignment he was kidnapped three times and narrowly escaped execution by Al Qaeda.
In May 2010, Mr Ware began a one-year leave of absence from CNN and is currently working on a book about the Iraq war, titled “Between Me and the Dead” to be published by Hachette (Australia) and Random House (US).
Michael Ware presented a most confronting and emotional lecture from a perspective that is experienced by few. Those who attended felt drawn to a man who made a war zone his home and where he developed relationships with citizens and soldiers from all sides in an incredibly difficult conflict.
Also, overnight the AIIA posted details of Michael's talk for them on March 8:
Lessons from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Hosted by: AIIA Queensland
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 5:30 - 8:30 PM
At Brisbane Irish Club
175 Elizabeth St , Brisbane Queensland
Please note: This event will be held at the Brisbane Irish Club (175 Elizabeth St). We will be having drinks from 5:30pm, instead of our usual 6:00. Registration is requested for this event, for both existing members and guests. Please register using our online form. Discounted Parking at the Myer Centre will be available for Members if parking tickets are presented at the Club. Membership of AIIA will be able to be effected on the evening on the spot--$65 normal membership including the subscription to Australian Journal of International Affairs and $15 for Students (without the Journal).
With a particular focus on the war in Afghanistan, there are great lessons to be drawn for Australian foreign and defence policy going forward. Within the current conflict in Afghanistan is the crucible of a New Asia in which future fault lines are being forged. Already, Australian policymakers have begun moving towards a new vision for Australian defence reliance, the elements and portents of which can be traced all the way from Australia’s battlespace in the rugged province of Uruzgan – a province Michael Ware knows like the back of his hand – across Asia and beyond.
Former CNN and Time correspondent, Michael Ware, is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on the Middle East for his extensive analysis and coverage of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Michael Ware joined CNN in 2006 after spending five years reporting for Time Magazine. He was one of the few mainstream reporters to live in Iraq near-continuously since before the American invasion and gained early acclaim due to his willingness to travel to insurgent camps and establish contacts with the Kurdish Peshmerga.
Since returning home to Brisbane, Australia, Mr Ware is currently writing a book on his experiences in Iraq, titled 'Between Me and the Dead'. Michael Ware is a graduate of The University of Queensland where he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws and a degree in Political Science.