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Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War - Book Launch

1 May 2015

The Centre held a reception in the Sydney CBD to launch the book Unholy Fury: Whitlam And Nixon At War by Centre research associate James Curran. His book uses previously classified documents to reveal the inside story of just how close Australia came to losing the US alliance.

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Night-time Design: Envisioning Luminous Cities

29 April 2015

Leni Schwendinger is a lighting designer working for Arup in New York. She is an expert in the illumination of architectural and public spaces around the world. At this event she presented her creative illuminated environments, ones that highlight infrastructure and neglected spaces – opening up fresh ideas for local districts. Leni guided the audience through a community-based design process with international case studies.

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An Evening with George Takei

16 April 2015

Social media megastar, activist and actor George Takei, the man best known for his portrayal of Mr Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, reflects on his life, work and personal history in conversation with United States Studies Centre CEO Bates Gill.

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Student Roundtable with The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich

14 April 2015

Selected Centre students were invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich, former US ambassador to Australia and visiting professor at the US Studies Centre.

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Bringing Order to Cyber's Wild, Wild West: The Future of Data Privacy and Data Security

14 April 2015

Fresh from President Obama’s Cyber Security Summit at Stanford University, former US Ambassador to Australia, Jeff Bleich, discussed the security and privacy challenges facing internet users, and how the United States plans to address them. The visionaries who developed the internet, never expected that one day this system would carry virtually all of our nations’ critical infrastructure and sensitive personal data. While governments have now developed some effective security measures, the private sector has often lagged, potentially leaving vital systems – banks, utilities, water supplies, and transportation grids – vulnerable to malicious attacks. A recent summit hosted by President Obama offered a candid assessment of the challenges posed, and it produced new commitments to deploy advanced technologies, collaborations, and regulations to keep the internet safe and secure. Ambassador Bleich shared insights from the summit and prospects for taming the internet’s wild, wild West.

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China's conflicted policies toward its periphery

16 March 2015

The United States Studies Centre and China Studies Centre were pleased to host a roundtable discussion with special guest Michael Yahuda, Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and a Visiting Scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Elliott's School, George Washington University.

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The Role of the United States in Asia-Pacific Security

9 March 2015

The well-being and future of the United States is inextricably connected to the peaceful development of the Asia-Pacific region. President Obama has made engagement in the region a strategic priority for the United States of America. Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security discussed the United States rebalance to Asia and its efforts to further strengthen the security in the region.

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Looking Ahead: Next Steps for the Deepening Australia-US Alliance in the Asia-Pacific

21 January 2015

With few equals in the world today, the Australia-US partnership stands out for its broad base of shared interests, which are increasingly global in scope. But challenges lie ahead for this special relationship. In the first Alliance 21 conference for 2015, government, business, military and think tank leaders from Australia and the United States discussed the depth and breadth of the Australia-US partnership, and explored how to best leverage its strengths so to meet the future challenges and opportunities in relation to the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. The full-day conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC featured expert panels and keynote presentations by political, business, and academic leaders from both sides of the Pacific, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific strategic environment, trade and investment opportunities, and defence ties.

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Washington DC and LA Placement Programs Ceremony

26 November 2014

The US Studies Centre invited students participating in the 2015 Washington DC and LA Placement Programs to a farewell reception with special guest speaker, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Niels Marquardt.

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Women in Leadership Roundtable

19 November 2014

A roundtable discussion as part of the new W21 project, the 21st Century Global Women's Initiative. Hosted at the United States Studies Centre and led by project leader Melissa Grah-McIntosh.

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Iris Bohnet

Do targets work to reduce gender inequality?

Gender bias against women in the workplace hasn't gone away despite decades of laws aimed at improving equal pay and opportunities. Visiting professor Iris Bohnet discusses how we can address unconcious bias in hiring and promotion.

Susan Pond

A bright future for alternative fuels

In the lead-up to the Centre's Low Carbon Transport On The Move conference, adjunct professor in sustainability Susan Pond discussed the promise of renewable energy in Australia.


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