Vafa Ghazavi

Vafa Ghazavi is a John Monash Scholar and doctoral student in public policy at the University of Oxford. He is a former Australian diplomat and international cyber policy adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ava go, ya mug! How Australia can stop fearing failure and embrace the best of American innovation culture

Drawing on insights from the United States' experience, this paper assesses the cultural challenge of embracing failure constructively.

East Timor, oil, and the challenge of nation-building

Mismanagement of natural resource revenues, or over-dependence on them, can lead to a vicious trap of social breakdown and declining human development. Now that Australia and East Timor have signed the Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea, the challenge is to prevent...