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Presentation of the Alliance 21 Report to the Australian Government

1 October 2014

The first report from the Alliance 21 project, The Australia-US Partnership, was presented to the Australian Government at a reception at Parliament House, Canberra. The Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston accepted the report on behalf of the government before an audience of more than 50 parliamentarians, senior bureaucrats and Alliance 21 contributors.

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2014 Future Cities Program: Study Tour

13 September 2014

Representatives from the City of Canada Bay, Gosford City Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Marrickville Council, Pittwater Council and Wollongong City Council participated in the second phase of the 2014 Future Cities Program in San Francisco, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey this month. The program helps each council develop ideas to revitalise local precincts with a focus on sustainable solutions.

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UCLA Study Abroad Welcome Back Reception

11 September 2014

The US Studies Centre invited students who participated in the 2014 UCLA Study Abroad Program to a welcome home reception with special guest speaker, US Consul General Hugo Llorens.

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Bradford Smith: Trends Shaping the Future of Philanthropy

3 September 2014

Bradford K. Smith is president of the Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on US and, increasingly, global grantmakers–a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector, together with research, education and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Smith was invited to speak about the future of philanthropy at a public forum at the US Studies Centre. 

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Ongoing US Engagement in the Asia-Pacific Region

2 September 2014

The US Studies Centre held a roundtable discussion for academics and students with Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and former US Ambassador to Iraq.

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Middle East in turmoil: US options for Iraq, Syria and Israel-Palestine

1 September 2014

A convergence of destabilising events in mid-2014 presented the United States and its policies in the greater Middle East with some of the greatest challenges they have seen in in the region in several decades. These include the emergence of ISIL in Iraq and Syria, Iranian activities throughout the region, and the most recent upsurge in violence between Hamas and Israel. Former US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey argues that US action to support those fighting terror, offer populations from Mosul to Gaza some hope, and when needed the use of direct military force, is absolutely required. He makes a case for such action, arguing that, in his view, the American people despite their concern about new US military adventures need to support a much more active US policy.

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Graduation ceremony for America: Prophecy, Power, Politics

30 August 2014

America: Prophecy, Power, Politics is a Board of Studies endorsed HSC course that offers Year 11 and Year 12 students in New South Wales the opportunity to develop university-standard writing and critical thinking skills, and earn credit towards a tertiary degree. Students were acknowledged for their outstanding efforts at a graduation ceremony at the University of Sydney's Open Day.

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2014 Debate the Future of America Final

30 August 2014

Should the United States government legalise gay marriage? This topical question was the focus of Centre's 2014 Debate the Future of America competition final, held during the University of Sydney Open Day. The debate was won by the affirmative team, St Ursula's College, who beat Baulkham Hills High School in a closely contested, high-quality debate.

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The coming technology revolutions in Asia from Silicon Valley

6 August 2014

At this public forum The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich presented on the topic The coming technology revolutions in Asia. Bleich spoke about how the rising middle classes in Asia will have the opportunity to take advantage of certain new disruptive technologies that could give them tremendous economic power. Drawing from Silicon Valley examples, he discussed how technology might fundamentally change the trajectory of the region as well as challenge certain cultural norms.

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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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VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

Melissa Grah-Mcintosh

Closing the gender gap

Director of the Centre's Women in Leadership initiative Melissa Grah-McIntosh discusses the upcoming International Dialogue on Women in Leadership and why gender equality remains an important issue for the US, Australia, and the world.


Rodney Taveira

The Wire and American television

Centre lecturer Rodney Taveira discusses the cult television show The Wire, what it reveals about American culture and how television offers a window into contemporary issues in the US.

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