14 March 2013
Former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell, widely recognised as a key architect of the Obama administration’s pivot to Asia, gave a talk entitled "The US, Australia and China" at Customs House. The presentation, part of the United States Studies Centre’s Alliance 21 project, was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Centre Chief Executive and US-China expert Professor Bates Gill.
30 November 2012
The evolving trade and investment dynamics in our region provide exciting opportunities for businesses and government leaders who understand our changing circumstances and have the vision to take advantage of developments. This public conference brought together high-level experts from Australia and the United States to analyse and debate some of the most important challenges and developments in the Asia-Pacific and what it means for Australians and Americans.
7 November 2012
Election Day Spectacular was the biggest US Election Day event in Sydney! After months of intense campaigning by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Americans finally went to the polls to decide who would hold the keys to the White House for the next fours years. Friends, colleagues and political foes gathered to witness the US election results live at the Manning Bar.
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.
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.
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.
26 July 2012
City building and rebuilding has challenged many great minds in the last century. Our cities are ageing and many of the industries supporting them are shrinking or moving offshore. Tom Murphy served three terms as the mayor of 'the steel city' Pittsburgh USA, from January 1994 through December 2005, tackling the problems of rebuilding a dying city that had lost its manufacturing and industrial base. He catalysed a series of initiatives which have made Pittsburgh one of the most vibrant and liveable cities in the USA, even in the current recession. He has lessons for Sydney from Pittsburgh and from his advisory services to other cities around the world, including London, Moscow and Los Angeles.Tom Murphy’s presentation for Sydney Ideas focused on strategies that Sydney and other Australian cities can use to move from good to great. His presentation was followed by a panel discussion with local experts, and an opportunity to ask questions.
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.