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Ashton Carter and the evolution of the rebalance

23 April 2015

The Strategist

Has a lack of upper-tier leadership doomed the US pivot to Asia? Alliance 21 research assistant Andrew Kwon says new secretary of defense Ashton Carter has the potential to revitalise the strategic rebalance to the Indo–Pacific. Read article

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Notes on America: Unholy Fury, George Takei, and Nighttime Lights

23 April 2015

In this edition:

  • New book on fractured US–Australia alliance
  • The life and times of George Takei
  • US expert illuminating Sydney
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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The 2016 race explained

22 April 2015

ABC Radio Brisbane

Over the next 18 months, even non-Americans are sure to hear about the upcoming US elections. Research associates John Barron and Tom Switzer look at the details of the American system, distinguishing primaries from PACS and candidates from conventions. Listen online

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Marriage equality is (nearly) here to stay

21 April 2015

US News & World Report

Research associate Nicole Hemmer says the much-feared backlash to same-sex marriage has already come and gone. Read article

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The highs and lows of Vic Simms

20 April 2015

FBi Radio

Australian singer-songwriter and Bidjigal man Vic Simms faced prejudice, did jail time, was exploited by record companies, and still managed to create an amazing musical legacy that has inspired a wide range of artists. Lecturer Rebecca Sheehan discusses the highs and lows of Vic Simms life and musical career. Listen online

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's Iran visit upsets conservatives

19 April 2015

Australian Financial Review

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop's visit to Iran has raised concerns among conservatives that Australia is moving too fast to co-operate with the Islamic regime. Research associate Tom Switzer said Bishop's plans were complicated by a US request for Iranian-backed militias in Iraq to pull back from the battle because they were suspected of committing atrocities. Read article

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Be wary of Clinton embrace

17 April 2015

Australian Financial Review

What would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like, and should Australia welcome the prospect? As part of the equation CEO Bates Gill says that Clinton is more hawkish on foreign policy than President Barack Obama. Read article

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3 minutes with George Takei

17 April 2015

What do Moreton Bay Bugs and Hillary Clinton have in common? We found out when we spoke to George Takei about his life, what he wish he'd studied at university and his thoughts on US politics. The interview was recorded before his Centre-supported Sydney Ideas talk at the University of Sydney. Watch online

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Beyond the blockade

17 April 2015

2SER Friday Daily

As the United States begins to change its hardline attitude toward Cuba, honorary professor Edward Blakely discusses the potential effects of this shift. Listen online

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Reflecting on America's preeminent global strategist

16 April 2015

ABC Radio National Between The Lines

Research associate Tom Switzer speaks to biorapher Bartholomew (Bat) Sparrow about the legacy of Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to two president, foreign policy realist, and perhaps America's pre-eminent global strategist. Listen online

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