25 March 2010
One of America’s leading political scientists, Cornell University's Peter Katzenstein, is particularly interested in the relevance of cultural categories for the analysis of world politics. In his lecture for Sydney Ideas he offers a critique of the Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilization theory that conflict between distinct groups based on religion and cultural identities (eg Western, Islamic, Sinic) is inevitable, and will dominate in the post cold–war period.
16 March 2010
Henry Cisneros is a well known advocate for the poor and disadvantaged in the United States with an ongoing interest in public policy and politics. He spoke at the New South Wales Parliament House as a special guest of the Minister for Housing, the Honourable David Borger MP.
Henry Cisneros has worked in local government in the United States and served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Bill Clinton. During this time he reformed the public housing system and revitalised many of the nation’s public housing developments. He also introduced policies that increased the nation’s home ownership rate and reduced the number of homeless in America by developing a continuum-of-care system.
9 March 2010
In a Sydney leadership luncheon presentation jointly hosted by the US Studies Centre and Malleson Stephen Jaques, Dr James E. Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York, delivered a strong argument for moving to nuclear power.
Dr Hansen is regarded as one of the world’s leading climate scientists. He is credited with first raising awareness of the issue of global warming in the United States and he has been a strong proponent of the need for concerted international action.
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
Disaster recovery expert Edward Blakely says changes in the way houses are built, especially a lack of underground shelters, are partly responsible for the death toll following the tornado in Oklahoma City.
Associate professor Brendon O'Connor previews Barack Obama's major defence speech, saying that the closing of Guantanamo Bay and the continued use of drone strikes are sure to be key issues.