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How conservatives can lead on climate action under President Trump

14 February 2017

Just weeks after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington D.C., former Republican congressman Bob Inglis will make the case for climate action from a conservative perspective at a public address at the University of Sydney.

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The US Presidential Impact: What now for Australian Business?

17 November 2016

The CEO Institute Breakfast Panel Discussion on the US presidential election, featuring Centre senior fellow Tom Switzer and Newgate Communications partner Feyi Akindoyeni. Moderated by Centre research associate and ABC presenter John Barron.

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William Chafe in conversation

11 November 2016

Professor William Chafe will speak with the Centre’s academic director, Dr David Smith, about the future of both Clintons in light of the election result, and the legacy they’ll leave in US political history.

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Race, Racism and the Race to the White House: Cedric Johnson in conversation with Thomas Adams

25 October 2016

Crime, immigration, poverty, disenfranchisement, police brutality, inequality: no matter the proxy, race has been the undercurrent of almost every major campaign issue in the 2016 US election. Anti-immigration forces and white supremacists have become more visible at a time when the voting power of the Latino and African-American communities has never been stronger. But where does this political polarity lead? What are the long-term implications for how race, racism, and inequality have been mobilised in American political culture? Listen to the podcast here.

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American politics in the time of Trump: Don Watson in conversation with James Brown

6 October 2016

Join Don Watson and fellow Quarterly Essayist James Brown for a discussion about the strangest election campaign the US has ever seen. In Quarterly Essay 63: Enemy Within, Don Watson takes a memorable journey into the heart of the United States in the year 2016.

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Election Watch | Showdown: Reflections on the first presidential debate

28 September 2016

Presidential debates are often the only time major party nominees come face to face during the campaign. They can draw anywhere between 30 million and 70 million viewers and, in a year when the stakes have never been higher, they could make or break either candidate.

Following the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney brought together Harvard College Professor Jennifer L. Hochschild and Centre CEO Professor Simon Jackman for a debrief on the highs and lows of the first official face-off.

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National security and the next US president

19 September 2016

Every US president needs a decisionmaking system that harnesses the full capabilities and accumulated wisdom of the US government and the nation's many stakeholders. But are structural problems hindering national security professionals from delivering effective policy making?

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The state of our union with US Ambassador John Berry

12 September 2016

Ambassador Berry joined Research Director James Brown from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney to reflect on his tenure and also offer his thoughts on the future of the US-Australia relationship.

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US politics: Even worse than it looks

3 September 2016

Is American politics dysfunctional or does it just look that way? What happens when aggressive hyper-partisanship collides with a political system that can only work co-operatively? Is the damage fatal to the democratic system?

The United States Studies Centre partnered with the Sydney Opera House's Festival of Dangerous Ideas to present this discussion featuring Stanford University's Shanto Iyengar and The Atlantic's Norman Ornstein, chaired by USSC chief executive Simon Jackman.

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Populism at the polls: The challenges facing modern American conservatism

22 August 2016

Brexit, Bernie, Trump and Turnbull: modern democracies are being challenged by populist politics and ambitious politicians are riding the wave of newly mobilised voters. In the United States, the threat of civil war within the Republican Party as it struggles with the balance of policy and populism is very real. What will the rise of Donald Trump mean for the party of ideas before and after the 2016 presidential election?

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