From the archives: 1 August 2012

Whitlam v Nixon

The Australian


In 1972, after the US had bombed the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong, Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam sent Richard Nixon a letter urging the two sides to come to the negotiating table. In this extract of an essay published in The Monthly, lecturer in the history of the US–Australia alliance James Curran describes how Whitlam's letter nearly derailed the alliance.


28 October

US Trivia Night

Manning Bar, University of Sydney


Think you know America? With questions on everything from politics to pop culture and history to Hollywood, get your friends together and take on the US trivia challenge for your chance to win a $100 bar tab and other great prizes! Register a team now for a free jug of beer!

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20 October

Antagonising Putin is poor statesmanship

The Australian


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's tough talk in response to Vladimir Putin reflects public sentiment. But research associate Tom Switzer says banning Russia's president from the G20 would be counterproductive to the West's interests.


29 October

TV Nation: What The Wire, House of Cards, and Girls can teach us about America

Institute Building, University of Sydney

House of Cards

Most of us switch the TV on to switch off, but both TV and its viewers are capable of serious commentary. Join an expert panel of economists, television critics and media scholars to discuss what TV says about the United States.

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Richard Samuels

Importance of the US-Japan relationship

Ford International Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Richard Samuels discusses Japan's foreign policy and its role in securing East Asian stability and its relationship with China and the US. He begins by discussing the importance of Japan to both China and the US.

Malcolm Jorgensen

US welcomes Australian involvement in Iraq

America has welcomed Australia's involvement in the fight against Islamic State but how long will this conflict last? Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen discusses the military strategy in the region and what success might look like.

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