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No good from a rush back to Iraq

2 September 2014

Australian Financial Review

Desires to end the killing of innocent people in Iraq are understandable, says research associate Tom Switzer. Nonetheless, he warns, there is a danger America's humanitarian mission will become a wider military one. Read article

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Energy and resource productivity could save the global economy

2 September 2014

Fairfax Media

Nations across the G20 are looking to boost productivity in pursuit of greater global GDP gains. Michael Smith, the leader of the Alliance 21 Green Growth theme, says the key might be energy and resource efficiency. Read article

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The empress of blues

1 September 2014

FBi Radio

Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s and had a major influence not only on other jazz vocalists but on music in the 20th century. Lecturer Rebecca Sheehan looks at the history of the woman nicknamed 'The Empress of Blues'. Listen online

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Non-NATO Ukraine best way to pacify Russia

30 August 2014

The Australian

As Russia encroaches further upon Ukrainian territory, the United States grows more concerned about Russian expansionism. Research associate Tom Switzer argues that the West has a choice to make in how it responds — and sanctions are not the answer. Read article

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Going after Islamic State fraught with traps for US

27 August 2014

Fairfax Media

Research associate Tom Switzer says US President Barack Obama was right to order limited air strikes to stop jihadists from carrying out a genocide in northern Iraq. But that does not mean the US should broaden its capaign against the group known as Islamic State. Read article

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The rise of right-wing pseudo-history

26 August 2014

US News & World Report

Will new US educational guidelines expose students to a "dark retelling of US history"? Research associate Nicole Hemmer explains why conservative critiques threaten to turn the teaching of American history into an ideological battlefield. Read article

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America's militarised police

26 August 2014

Triple J Hack

The unrest in Ferguson following the shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown has put the focus on America's militarised police force. Lecturer David Smith discusses how high-tech weaponry has ended up in the hands of local cops and what, if anything, might change. Listen online

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Alliance 21 Fellowship launched in wake of AUSMIN

26 August 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC), and the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia (USAC) today announced the establishment of the “Alliance 21 Fellowship.” This new exchange will build on the Australia–U.S. Ministerial (AUSMIN) Consultations earlier this month in Sydney, where a joint communiqué reaffirmed the importance of people-to-people ties in the Australia-U.S. relationship. Read online

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Bias in the media

25 August 2014

ABC Radio National Big Ideas

Claims of political bias have been levelled at news outlets around the world for years, but is there any truth in the claims? Research associate Tom Switzer, a participant in the Centre's Public Knowledge Forum, joins an expert panel exploring objectivity and the media. Listen online

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China-US relations strained by jet encounter

25 August 2014

Bloomberg TV

CEO Bates Gill discusses the growing rift between China and the US sparked by a close encounter between American surveillance planes and Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Watch online

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