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Law & Business Seminar: Network Neutrality and Innovation

4 August 2016

Time: 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Network Neutrality and Innovation

The crux of the debate over network neutrality can be boiled down to the claim that the Internet's existing architecture represents an essential foundation for its success that must be preserved. It may come as a surprise that the engineering literature is replete with commentaries noting the many things that the Internet was not designed to do well. This seminar will examine the architectural commitments embedded in the Internet's design. It will also explore how the environment surrounding the Internet has changed over the past twenty years and how further innovation may depend on permitting the architecture to evolve to meet these new demands.

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Where do we go from here? US foreign policy after the 2016 presidential election

4 August 2016

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The next US president will face numerous foreign policy challenges including heightened tensions across Europe, the Middle East and the South China Sea. Bringing together US foreign policy experts who have worked with presidential candidates from both parties, we will look at how a Democrat or Republican president might influence international affairs in 2017 and beyond.

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Populism at the polls: The challenges facing modern American conservatism

22 August 2016

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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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US politics: Even worse than it looks

3 September 2016

Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

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 has 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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Simon Jackman

About the US Studies Centre

Made for the 2016 American Australian Association Gala Dinner, Centre CEO Simon Jackman explains the Centres wide range of teaching, research, study abroad and outreach activities.

James Brown

Why do we go to war?

Research director James Brown discusses his Quarterly Essay looking at the reasoning behind sending troops to war.

Nicole Hemmer

Taking action after Orlando

Research associate Nicole Hemmer discusses homophobia, terrorism and American gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando.

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