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US ties extend beyond defence

1 October 2014

The Australian

The deployment of Australian military personnel to fight alongside the United States in the Middle East underlines the importance of the two nations' alliance. However, co-director of the Centre's Alliance 21 project Robert Hill and CEO Bates Gill says the latest Alliance 21 report shows the relationship is about more than just defence. Read article

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New report on Australia–US partnership released

1 October 2014

Increased defence spending, greater focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and increased consultation between the US President and the Australian Prime Minister are among the leading recommendations from the Alliance 21 report into the Australia–US alliance published by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney today. Read online

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Australia must invest more in US alliance

1 October 2014

ABC TV News Breakfast

According to the latest Alliance 21 report, the US-Australia alliance remains an important partnership spanning not only defence and security, but also energy, trade and investment, and collaboration in Asia. But, as Centre CEO Bates Gill notes, Australia must continue to engage in the alliance to ensure its strength in the future. Watch online

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Abbott has not learned the lessons of Iraq

26 September 2014

The Lowy Interpreter

In a rare television interview, former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard recently reflected on his decision to commit Australia to the US's 2003 Iraq invasion. Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen says current Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not learned from his predecessor's mistakes. Read article

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Notes on America: Arts fellowship, US-China, and New Orleans exceptionalism

26 September 2014

In this edition:

  • Roundtable hears US–China relationship crucial
  • New creative arts fellowship
  • New Orleans under the microscope
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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US tackles ISIS and ebola

26 September 2014

2SER Friday Daily

The United States is now fighting a war on two fronts overseas, against ISIS in the Middle East and against the spread of Ebola in Africa. Honorary professor Edward Blakely discusses the two crises and how they are connected. Listen online

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How California shames Australian energy policy

25 September 2014

The Canberra Times

Last week, the community of San Diego set records for electricity consumption, yet none of the heatwave-induced demand was supplied through coal-generated power. Visiting scholar Tony Haymet explains how California offers Australia a way forward on climate change. Read article

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Why airstrikes won't destroy Islamic State

25 September 2014

Bloomberg TV

US-led airstrikes will go some way to degrading the Islamic State but without ground troops and a regional diplomatic solution there is little hope of long-lasting stability in the region, according to research associate Tom Switzer. Watch online

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Obama addresses UN on climate and IS

25 September 2014

2SER Thursday Daily

With airstrikes continuing to hit Islamic State targets, Barack Obama called on world leaders to help eradicate a "cancer of violence" at an address at the United Nations. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor explains the latest developments and also discusses the President's speech to the UN on climate change. Listen online

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Could imperial history help US foreign policy makers?

24 September 2014

History & Policy

Could imperialism arise from aristocracy, and, if the United States has no aristocracy, what might explain that nation's militarism? Research associate Marc Palen considers the lessons the history of imperialism might offer modern students of American foreign policy. Read article

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