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2014 Future Cities Program Mayors' Forum

20 June 2014

The 2014 Future Cities Program Mayors' Forum was led by experts in urban design and sustainable development from Australia and the United States. We welcomed Peter J. Park from the City of Denver and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, along with New York-based architect and professor at Fordham University, Colin Cathcart. They worked with elected officials and urban planners from the six New South Wales cities participating in the program.

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2014 Future Cities Program Launch

18 June 2014

Elected leaders and senior council staff from Future Cities Collaborative member cities, as well as participants in the Future Cities Program for 2014 and key stakeholders from the planning, local government, and urban design community attended the 2014 Future Cities Program launch with international guest speaker, Peter Park, from the University of Colorado at Denver and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Behavioural Exchange 2014

3 June 2014

On 2 and 3 June 2014, 300 delegates from around the world gathered in Sydney to discuss behavioural innovations shaping the policy landscape. Behavioural Exchange 2014 gave participants access to the best and brightest from the academic, public, and private sectors in the field of behavioural insights.

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2014 UCLA Study Abroad Program Pre-departure Session

20 May 2014

University of Sydney students taking part in the 2014 UCLA Study Abroad Program attended a pre-departure session with students visiting Australia from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

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Luncheon with Victoria Farrar-Myers

7 May 2014

Victoria A. Farrar-Myers, Ph.D. is a Full Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. She specialises in the American presidency, presidential-congressional relations, separation of powers, and campaign financing. Farrar-Myers visited the US Studies Centre in May 2014. She visited the US Studies Centre to discuss her work.

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US expectations for the G-20

7 May 2014

While the G-20 has clearly lost momentum in recent years following its spectacular success during the 2008-09 global financial crisis, the forum continues to serve a number of important functions in global economic governance: crisis management, problem solving, agenda setting, and building habits of cooperation among its members. Australia has emphasised growth and resilience as the central themes of its host year in 2014; Washington shares similar objectives. The Obama Administration believes that much work remains to be done to fulfil the G-20’s mission of promoting “strong, sustainable, and balanced global growth” and ensuring international financial system stability. At this event Matthew P. Goodman, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discussed with US Studies Centre CEO Bates Gill the outlook for the 2014 G-20 Summit and US expectations for the forum more broadly.

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Balancing density, transport and liveability: Lessons for Western Sydney

30 April 2014

Balancing density, transport, and liveability in planning for Western Sydney is a persistent challenge for WSROC members. With this is mind, NSW Planning & Environment and the Future Cities Collaborative hosted a networking breakfast and presentation for the benefit of this key group in the Sydney metropolitan area. The morning consisted of a keynote address by Michael Dieden on transit oriented development and the ideas and intelligence that his experience in America can lend to the Australian context. This was followed by an expert panel discussion with Rudi SvarcHalvard Dalheim and Alison McLaren facilitated by Ed Blakely.

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Does High-Density Always Mean High-Rise? An Examination of Mixed Density and Transit Oriented Development

29 April 2014

Elected leaders and senior council staff from Future Cities Collaborative members, as well as prospective participants for the 2014 Future Cities Program, were invited to join leading Los Angeles-based developer and architect, Michael Dieden, in discussing mixed density and transit oriented development at a cocktail reception at the United States Studies Centre. Dieden was joined by Ed Blakely, Lucy Turnbull and Rod Simpson for a panel discussion.

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Crossing Borders and Pushing Boundaries: Telling Women’s Stories

11 March 2014

At this special International Women’s Day breakfast presentation for the US Studies Centre’s Women in Leadership initiative, Carol Giacomo, Editorial Board Member of the New York Times spoke with with Sky News presenter Helen Dalley.

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US-China relations – and what's in store for Australia

27 February 2014

The Centre launched the first phase of US-China relations – and what's in store for Australia, a new research, outreach, and publication project. Visiting professor Linda Jakobson, the project's principal investigator, hosted 15 specialists at a one-day workshop on US-China relations as part of the launch. Workshop participants included former Australian foreign minister and former Centre board member Bob Carr, Professor Chu Shulong of Tsinghua University in Beijing, Professor Hugh White and Professor William Tow of the Australian National University, as well as Gordon Flake, CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre. Over lunch, Centre CEO Bates Gill moderated a discussion with the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass.

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David Smith

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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