24 October 2012
The US presidential election comes at a time when the two major parties are especially divided. But, regardless of the outcome, Americans and their leaders are going to have to make difficult choices on how to confront a still struggling economy, growing national debt, and the country’s uncertain role on the international stage. Our panel of experts discussed these challenges and how the US can and should proceed in the years ahead. The panel also provided an opportunity to discuss not only who will win the election but its implications on US domestic and foreign policy.
26 September 2012
The United States Studies Centre in association with the NSW Government and the American Australian Association held a forum on the Impact of the US Presidential Election on Australia & the Asia Pacific featuring expert panelists The Hon Andrew Stoner MP, NSW Deputy Premier; Professor James Fallows, Chair in US Media at the United States Studies Centre and National Correspondent for The Atlantic; and Huw McKay, Senior International Economist, Westpac Banking Corporation. The moderator was Geoff Elliott from the The Australian.
25 September 2012
The economic relationship is a critical element of Australia-US relations and both countries are experiencing significant economic change. This public policy forum explored economic restructuring in both Australia and the US to provide for growth which is environmentally sustainable and focuses on the challenges and opportunities for both countries in advanced manufacturing. The forum followed releases of major work in both Australia and the US including:
- The report of the Non Government Members of the Australian Prime Ministers Manufacturing Taskforce, and
- President Obama’s Plan to Revitalize American Manufacturing.
24 September 2012
The Centre hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Arne L. Kalleberg discussing his book 'Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarised and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s' and it's findings about the American job market.
19 September 2012
The US Studies Centre and the University of Sydney Business School held a roundtable lunch with special guest Professor Richard P. Rumelt, Harry and Elsa Kunin Chair in Business and Society at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Professor Rumelt’s research centres on corporate diversification strategy and the sources of sustainable advantage to individual business strategies. His current research interest is the dynamics of industry transitions with a focus on the patterns and forces shaping the evolution of complex industries.
31 August 2012
The US Studies Centre held a live screening of Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Following the live screening, US Studies Centre experts were on hand to break down the speeches and provide analysis as to how the last few months of the election will play out.
27 August 2012
Penrith Selective High School emerged triumphant after tackling the big issues in American politics in the United States Studies Centre’s ‘Debate the Future of America’ competition as part of the University of Sydney’s Open Day in August.
23 August 2012
Dr Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, spoke at a luncheon with US Studies Centre students on the topic "The future of multilateralism".
13 August 2012
Much of the history of the 21st century will be written in the Asia-Pacific. US-China relations are the region's most important dynamic. With both countries in the middle of leadership transitions while facing significant bilateral geopolitical tensions amid global economic stagnation and uncertainty, what are the prospects for peace and prosperity in our region?
Former US Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair, discussed these issues with former Australian Minister for Defence, Robert Hill AC, at a free public event at the University of Sydney's MacLauin Hall.
1 August 2012
The US Studies Centre is partnering with the NSW Government to deliver a report on the future of international higher education and what it means for New South Wales, and more broadly for Australia. The Australian export education industry is a significant economic driver but diminishing returns have set in regarding the existing high volume/low cost model. In parallel with the Centre's work, the NSW Government has set up a taskforce to ensure NSW is recognised as a high quality international education market into the future and our report will inform these policy settings. The report was considered by a panel of international experts at a workshop held in August 2012.
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.