21 August

Is China the indispensable nation?

The Australian Financial Review


Australian ties with the United States are closer than ever, but the nation's view of China has shifted dramatically in recent times. Research associate Tom Switzer says the reaction to two comments about the ANZUS alliance, made 10 years apart, illustrates the change.


31 August 

Appease Putin

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Appease Putin

Does the US have any choice but to accommodate Russian President Vladimir Putin's expansionist action in the Crimean peninsula? Research associate Tom Switzer will debate this question with journalist Masha Gessen.

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20 August

Ferguson violence exposes America's political decay

The Age


Throughout its history, America has seen far too many events like those over the past week-and-a-half in Ferguson, Missouri. Lecturer Thomas Adams says the problem lies in a politics incapable of changing the immediate and underlying facts that led to the killing of Michael Brown.


3 September 

Trends Shaping the Future of Philanthropy

San Francisco and New York

Brad Smith

Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, discusses the trends shaping the future of philanthropy in the US, Australia and around the world. 

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Race, America and the Michael Brown shooting

The shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown and the protests inspired by it have laid bare the racial divides that still persist across the US. Lecturer David Smith discusses the complex issues at play in Ferguson, Missouri.

Russell Trood

US marines in Australia spark debate

With the latest AUSMIN talks cementing an agreement to base 2,500 US marines in Darwin by 2017, Australia's north has become the focus of a debate around defence spending and priorities. Adjunct professor with the Centre's Defence and Security Program Russell Trood joins an expert panel to discuss the issue.

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