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The Next President: American foreign policy and the 2016 election

28 October 2015

Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor for the Washington Post, is at the centre of the arguments and personalities that will help shape the next US administration’s foreign policy. In a keynote speech, he shared the trends driving the US presidential election and the policies of the next Commander in Chief. The event included an expert panel and was followed by a cocktail reception.

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The Thriving Future of Places: Placemaking, Governance and the Future of Cities

29 September 2015

Cities need to be great places for people to live, work, and play - but how do local governments achieve this vision for the future and create thriving places? The Centre's Future Cities Collaborative held a public event with Project for Public Spaces vice president Ethan Kent and founding director of Global Cities David Adam. They discussed the key elements of Placemaking, the shift from planning cities full of objects to cities full of places, and the governance structures needed for Placemaking strategies to be a success.

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Australia–China–United States Trilateral Dialogue

3 September 2015

The future of the Asia–Pacific and how to enable concrete cooperation in the region was the focus of the inaugural Australia–China–United States Trilateral Dialogue, hosted by the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

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America: Prophecy, Power, Politics - 2015 Graduation

29 August 2015

America: Prophecy, Power, Politics is a Board of Studies endorsed HSC course that offers Year 11 and Year 12 students the opportunity to develop university-standard writing and critical thinking skills, and earn credit towards a tertiary degree. The 2015 graduating class were presented their certificates at the University of Sydney's Open Day.

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2015 Debate the Future of America Final

29 August 2015

At the University of Sydney's Open Day, Smith's Hill High School and Pymble Ladies College went head to head in the grand final of the Centre's Debate the Future of America competition. The topic for the final was "That America should block payments of ransom to ISIS from families of hostages."

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Kurt Tong: The Future of US Economic Engagement in the Asia Pacific

14 August 2015

At a public lecture at the US Studies Centre, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Kurt Tong discussed the importance of strong US-Australia economic ties to the future prosperity of the Asia Pacific region, including our bilateral cooperation within the TPP framework, our engagement with China, and our outreach to growing markets in Southeast Asia.

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Congressman Jim McDermott visits the United States Studies Centre

12 August 2015

Congressman Jim McDermott visited the US Studies Centre in August 2015. Whilst at the Centre he watched New South Wales high school students compete in the Debate the Future of America competition. McDermott is a member of the Democratic Party representing Washington's 7th congressional district since 1989.

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Soil, Big Data and the Future of Agriculture

25 June 2015

This conference was held in Canberra with the aim of bringing delegates up to speed with the rapid advances in big data analytics in agriculture. The conference also delved into a range of issues that are foremost in the minds of farmers as they consider the future, including farm data privacy and security, and remote and rural access to broadband capacity. Speakers from across a range of agricultural sectors, including farmers and agronomists who are at the forefront of applying these innovations to their enterprise, as well as US and Australian science and policy experts, covered a range of topics designed to provide comprehensive insights into these new trends.

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Inside the 2016 Presidential Election

2 June 2015

The US Studies Centre, in collaboration with the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, hosted a conversation with two leading political advisors, Democrat Tony Podesta and Republican Barry Jackson. Discussion included the current American political scene, the presidential race, and US engagement in the Indo Pacific.

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What works to close gender gaps in organisations and what are we doing about it?

27 May 2015

A US Studies Centre event cosponsored by the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership and the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program with Professor Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, and Co-Chair of the Behavioral Insights Group at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Panellists included Graeme Head, NSW Public Service Commissioner; Associate Professor Andreas Leibbrandt, Monash University, Carol Schwartz AM, Director of Stockland and Director of the Bank of Melbourne; and moderated by Narelle Hooper, corporate adviser, company director and broadcaster, former editor AFR BOSS magazine.

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