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Notes on America: Islamic State action, Mayors return, and Fellows arrive

17 September 2014

In this edition:

  • Australia, America united against IS
  • Mayors return from rewarding US tour
  • Visiting fellows arrive at Centre
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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The history of American culture abroad

17 September 2014

ABC Classic FM Midday with Margaret Throsby

In this wide-ranging interview, Centre visiting fellow Matthew Wittmann from the American Numismatic Society discusses his life and work, including the history of the circus in New York and the movement of American popular culture across the Pacific, including to Australia, in the 19th century. Listen online

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Abbott commits to multi-national Islamic State fight

15 September 2014

ABC News Radio

Research associate Tom Switzer discusses the fallout from Tony Abbott's decision to join American troops in the fight against ISIS, saying the conflict could necessitate to a longer engagement in the region for the international coalition involved. Listen online

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What can destroy ISIS's grip in the Middle East?

15 September 2014

CNBC Asia

The international response to the Islamic State will be a complex US-led process that could take years to unfold. Lecturer Malcolm Jorgensen discusses the current crisis saying the West must partner with regional players to re-establish political authority in northern Iraq and Syria. Watch online

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Abbott commits 600 troops to war on ISIS at US request

14 September 2014

APN Newsdesk and INM

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has committed 600 troops to a US-led attack on the Islamic State terror group. Research associate Tom Switzer said the majority of Australians approved of the operation. Read article

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Abbott always faithful to US Marine Corps

13 September 2014

The Saturday Paper

US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a new bilateral "force posture agreement" at their White House meeting in June this year. It is unclear how much of the cost will fall on Canberra, but CEO Bates Gill expects Australia will pick up most of the tab. Read article

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Australia, the US, and the War on Terror

12 September 2014

ABC TV Capital Hill

With Australia raising its terror alert level to high and Obama announcing a plan of action in Iraq and the Middle East, debates about the alliance and its role in the War on Terror are re-emerging. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor joins an expert panel to discuss the next steps in Iraq and Syria. Listen online

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New commitment in the Middle East could be a long one

12 September 2014

The Conversation

Plans by the United States to escalate its assault on the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria have received bipartisan support in Australia. Research associate Tom Switzer, however, is a critic of the action, saying Australia has no interest in the war. Read article

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Switzer, Gessen debate at Opera House

12 September 2014

The Spectator

This year's Festival of Dangerous Ideas, held at the Sydney Opera House, included a debate over Ukraine between research associate Tom Switzer and author Masha Gessen. Switzer argued that the US could provoke Russia by acting too forcefully in the region. Read article

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Obama's response to IS

12 September 2014

2SER Friday Daily

As IS continues to terrorise Iraq and Syria, Barack Obama has addressed the American people to lay out his plan for "destroying and degrading" the organisation. Honorary professor Edward Blakely gives his take on the speech from New York. Listen online

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