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19 September 2011
A roundtable event of two perspectives of Sustainable City Development was held in the Institute Building of the United States Studies Centre. Martha Schwartz, Ray Nagin and Edward Blakely attended. They discuss the sustainable city, and how it can feed itself with minimal reliance on the surrounding countryside, and power itself with renewable sources of energy. The crux of this is to create the smallest possible ecological footprint, and to produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible, to efficiently use land; compost used materials, recycle it or convert waste-to-energy, and thus the city's overall contribution to climate change will be minimal, if such practices are adhered to.
15 September 2011
The Soil Security Meeting in Washington DC discussed a number of global issues which are all going to be affected by the state of the world soil resource. One of many challenges over the next 40 years will be soil conservation. Water comes from the soil which is related to food production. Andrea Koch is the project leader of the United States Studies Centre's Soil Carbon Initiative. Professor Robert Hill, Professor Rattan Lal, Professor Lynnette Abbott, Professor Alex McBratney, Professor John Crawford and Dr Denis Angers were among the group who spoke at the meeting.
6 September 2011
Thomas Nides is Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the Department and as alter ego to Secretary Clinton. Appointed by President Obama, he was confirmed by the Senate on December 22, 2010 and sworn in on January 3, 2011. Thomas Nides participated in the Roundtable event with Professor Geoffrey Garrett.
2 July 2010
Dan Henkle, Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility, GAP Inc., delivered the keynote address at the Ethical Supply Chains roundtable hosted by the US Studies Centre and NSW Department of State and Regional Development. The goals of the event were to inform Australian leaders about cutting edge business action and academic research in ethical supply chains and to catalyze a conversation on strategies for adapting and implementing notions of ethical supply chains in Australia.
Jeffrey Schott: Trade policy in the Obama administration and the outlook for Asia- Pacific economic integration
17 June 2010
Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics Jeffrey Schott was special guest at a US Business Leadership Forum hosted by the US Studies Centre and JP Morgan. Schott spoke about Trade policy in the Obama administration and the outlook for Asia-Pacific economic integration to a distinguished group of business leaders.
19 May 2010
Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, spoke on the subject of "Current issues and controversies in the US” at a business leadership forum co-sponsored by the US Studies Centre and Baker & McKenzie.
Gail Fosler: What the financial crisis tells us about ourselves - A US perspective on economic and governance challenges
18 May 2010
Gail Fosler, former CEO of The Conference Board, spoke on the topic of "What the financial crisis tells us about ourselves: A US perspective on economic and governance challenges" at a business luncheon co-sponsored by the US Studies Centre and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
4 February 2010
David Brady is Professor of Political Science and Deputy Director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He spoke at a US Business Leadership Luncheon hosted by the US Studies Centre and Mallesons Stephen Jacques on the topic "The Obama Presidency and the outlook for the coming year".
3 November 2009
Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, discussed a range of global issues ranging from the global economic crisis to US-China relations and the future of the media with a group of Australian leaders from politics, business, academia and the media at a luncheon on 3 November in Sydney co-hosted by the US Studies Centre and Goldman Sachs JB Were.
Other guests at the lunch included former Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and John Howard, who are also members of the Centre's Advisory Council, Premier of New South Wales Nathan Rees, Governor of NSW and Chancellor of the University of Sydney Marie Bashir, Chairman of Westfield Group Frank Lowy, NAB CEO Cameron Clyne, IAG Chairman James Strong, University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Michael Spence, and Directors of the US Studies Centre, Bob Carr, Zeke Solomon, Joe Skrzynski and Lucy Turnbull.
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.